Shevchenko admits desire to return to Milan as head coach in revealing interview

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has confirmed that he would like to manage his old side at some point in the future.

Shevchenko is a name that every AC Milan fan has heard. Playing his first spell for the club between 1999 and 2006, the Ukrainian striker managed to score 175 goals for the Rossoneri.

He gave an interview to Milan-based journalist Carlo Pellegatti about his time with the Rossoneri and regarding his aims for the future.

On his penalty at Old Trafford in the 2003 final against Juventus, he said: “I thought of everything in those 30 meters, I saw a video a few days ago of the penalty seen from behind, you can see all my teammates waiting for me to kick,” he said (via

“Before catching the ball I told myself not to change my decision, I wanted to wait for the Buffon’s move and so I did. I was waiting for the referee’s whistle, I hadn’t heard it because there was so much noise at the stadium, but inside my head I was ready.”

On the 6-0 derby win: “I had great respect for Cesare Maldini, at that time we were not going well but we felt good in that game. It was an important derby for everyone, but above all for him: I created a great relationship with Cesare.

“Milan had many great players, we grew up together, we gave the fans many emotions: I have many good memories, there were men of honour.

“Costacurta, Albertini and Ambrosini those who were closest to me at the beginning, also with Paolo Maldini I built a good relationship.

“Galliani? I have a great relationship with him, he often sends me messages with old videos.”

On his amazing goal against Juventus: “The lob? I wanted to shoot, speech closed.”

Finally, Shevchenko concluded by discussing the current state of his old club and even admitted his desire to coach the Rossoneri one day amid links with the job back in October when Marco Giampaolo was sacked.

Shock reports emerged after Milan’s defeat to Fiorentina earlier in the season that the club were considering a bid to get Sheva to return as head coach.

The rumours persisted for a few days until it became apparent the club were targeting other options, meanwhile the ex-striker is determined to lead the Ukraine national team into the European Championships next year.

“Now the most important thing is to try to finish the season in the best way, they have to give their best. Then we will see what will happen next and what future Milan will have,” Sheva said.

“One day I want to return as a coach: Milan is always in my heart, I have great affection for the fans. Let’s see when and if it will happen, but it is one of my goals to return to the Rossoneri as a coach. But now I am only thinking about Ukraine.”

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