Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has revealed why he rejected the chance to be AC Milan’s new sporting director this summer.
The Rossoneri were left searching for a candidate to fill that position over the summer following the departure of Leonardo, who left the club in order to return to Paris Saint-Germain.
In the end former Roma director Ricky Massara was given the role in what was an offseason of big overhaul for Milan, as Zvonomir Boban and Paolo Maldini were also given roles on the board.
However, a lot of speculation suggested that Lazio’s Tare was in fact the primary target, with La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews.it) even claiming that he was tempted to make the switch to San Siro.
However in the end Tare ended up remaining with the capital club, and now he has given an interview to il Corriere dello Sport where he discussed his reasons for staying at Lazio.
”I knew Zvone [Boban]. He was an idol of mine, he knows the reason,” he said, as per Calciomercato.com.
“I knew him as a player and I got to know him better. He is an exemplary person. I was touched by the act of love that they performed.
“Mine too was a choice of love. I realised that going away from Lazio would have been the wrong thing. I decided with my heart, not for money.”
Tare also discussed the praise he was given by former Rossoneri boss Arrigo Sacchi.
“I loved his football and received his compliments made me proud.”