Igli Tare left his position as the sporting director of Lazio ahead of the current season, following 18 years at the club. In a recent interview, he was asked about Stefano Pioli and when he almost signed Olivier Giroud.
Tare was a very successful director for Lazio, selling many players at a high profit including the Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. More than once, in fact, he was linked with a job at Milan but ended up staying with the Biancocelesti.
In the summer, Tare reached 18 years at the club and decided to say goodbye. Featured in this morning’s edition of Corriere dello Sport, as cited by Radio Rossonera, the former director shared his thoughts on Pioli and almost signing Giroud (among other things).
“A great man and a great coach. I had the opportunity to appreciate his character, his technical skills, his honesty, indeed, his human quality. Stefano is sincere. I was saddened by the sacking in his second year, he himself admitted that it was the greatest professional pain, he liked the environment and the project, a great project. By his own admission, he suffered less when he was forced to leave Fiorentina and Inter.”
“He was ours but at the last minute, Chelsea blocked the deal and didn’t let him go. He’s a great guy, Olivier. That year we had a great attack with Immobile, Correa and Caicedo,” he stated.
Milan fans can be happy that Giroud ended up staying at Chelsea in 2020, seeing as he has been a very important player for the Rossoneri. The Frenchman could even renew his contract for one more season, but the negotiations will not be rushed.