Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has vowed to win his cancer battle as he announced he will receive treatment for leukaemia.
Less than 7 months after his appointment as Bologna coach his illness was detected but the former Yugoslavia international defender says he will remain in charge of the Serie A club while he undergoes treatment.
Disclosing his struggles since his diagnosis he said “I have cried a lot on these days, but I don’t like it when someone comes and pities me, It will take time but I’ll recover.”
At a news conference at the club’s headquarters, he added: “I always play to win, both in football and in life. I’ll defeat leukaemia.”
Mihajlovic considered by many to be among the best free kick takers of all time represented clubs including Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan during his playing career.
He co-holds the all-time record in Serie A for most goals from free-kicks, alongside Andrea Pirlo, with 28 goals.
Mihajlovic managed Bologna during the 2008-09 season and has since taken charge of Catania, Fiorentina, the Serbia national team, Sampdoria, Milan, Torino and Sporting Lisbon, before returning to Bologna.
The club’s president Joey Saputo said: “I know Sinisa Mihajlovic well and I know that he is a man who never gives up.
“Of course, the news of his illness has shocked us. I want to let it be known that my thoughts and those of my family are with Sinisa and his loved ones. Mihajlovic is and will remain Bologna’s coach. But professional issues are of secondary importance here.
“Sinisa has an important battle to win, and in me, Bologna and the whole city – a city that loves him – he can be sure to find allies ready to fight alongside him.”
Joining in his fight, Roma legend Francesco Totti wrote Sinisa Mihajlovic a message on social media, ‘ I will fight and celebrate alongside you since you will win this battle. Forza Sinisa’.