Abate has revealed he and every other player at AC Milan will prefer if Mihajlovic stayed on as manager at the club.
Sinisa Mihajlovic has come under fire, despite recording a 2-0 win over Fiorentina. Milan are currently eight points outside the top three after 20 games.
And Abate who has seen three managers at the club in just two years, does not want to see Mihajlovic replaced.
When asked for his view on the coaching changes, he told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “I hope it does not happen again. Starting from scratch each year is tough. I’m sorry for Inzaghi, who’s a friend and will become a great coach. But now I see solid foundation to start a winning cycle.
“In the eyes of the team – and I’m speaking on behalf of all of us – Mihajlovic is a great man. He gave us confidence and self-esteem.
“We’ve all improved with Mihajlovic, there’s not one of us who doesn’t step it up in training. He’s charismatic, he doesn’t need to get angry.
“This team has a strong foundation, we’ll get to a respectable position.
“The target is Europe. Until now we’ve maybe not shown enough to deserve the Champions League, but it’s not mission impossible. I laugh when I hear about a league of low stature – the truth is that it’s levelled out. But for now we think of Empoli [on Saturday].”