Published On: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

Leonardo: I left AC Milan due to personal disputes

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LeonardoFormer AC Milan coach Leonardo has revealed that he left the Rossoneri due to personal disputes at the club and that as a result he had no problem in joining rivals Inter.

The Brazilian starred as a Milan player between 1997–2001 before returning to Milanello as a scout and then technical director.

He had a tumultuous relationship with Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi, and joined Inter as coach before jumping ship to French side Paris Saint-Germain.

“I left Milan because of personal problems and misunderstandings, seeing as I started to feel left to one side by the club,” the former Flamengo talent told Brazilian sport network, UOL Esporte.

“I was free at that point to accept any proposal and I had an excellent rapport with Massimo Moratti. I accepted the challenge of coaching Inter which for me was a grand experience.

“Anyone who decides to join your team’s arch-rivals has to pay a price, which is perfectly normal criticism.

“My respect for Milan never changed and neither has my affection for Inter.

“I have no regret. I left Italy because I received a proposal that was unique in football, as PSG offered me total freedom and autonomy to build a team worthy of the Champions League.

“I had to accept their offer, just as the offers from Milan and Inter could not be passed up.”

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