Gennaro Gattuso talked about the plans of Milan for the transfer window, and discussed his World Cup favorites.
Milan coach Gattuso is in Russia with director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli to watch some of the World Cup matches and earlier today he saw Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match.
Before the encounter, he spoke to Premium Sport about the situation of Milan, as their mercato is on hold until the corporate matters are resolved in front of UEFA.
“We know that we need to do something, but we also know our problems,” Rino told the PS reporter earlier today. “Fortunately, the season doesn’t start tomorrow, we have time. Now we need to see what UEFA decide, but we’re not stuck, even if this month it might seem that way. It’s not a secret, we definitely have to sign an important player in midfield and, if possible, we have to do something up-front to offer an alternative to Suso. If we want to play 4-3-3 we have Çalhanoğlu and Borini on the left, but Suso doesn’t have a backup. These are the roles in which we must operate.
“Possible sales? I hear a lot of talk, but nobody has asked to leave, there’s a desire to do well. Obviously, it’s not nice to live with uncertainty, but right now we have to be calm and wait for what UEFA decide. I think I have a cohesive team, and that’s very important for us.
“I must give peach to the environment, it is useless to be alarmed. André Silva? The World Cup is an incredible experience, it will definitely do him good. The guy has a lot of talent, he’s young and we have to wait for him. But this experience can be very good for him.
Tutto pronto per l'inizio dei #Mondiali2018. Con mister #Gattuso allo stadio Luzhniki di Mosca per assistere a #RussiaArabiaSaudita con uno sguardo rivolto anche al futuro. In bocca al lupo alle 32 Nazionali che andranno a caccia della #worldcup pic.twitter.com/zJ9JcxeAzm
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“The World Cup? It’s hard to say who’s favorite but I really like France, a young team that’s fast and talented. Of course, with youngsters you know you can lose something along the way, but I’m really curious to see them play. Brazil might have something more, but in any case, I’m sure it’ll be a nice World Cup. We will watch Russia, then Spain-Portugal, and we’ll be back for the second round.
“The Milan team? We have players of great quality. When I arrived, I worked on the physical condition and the guys have always worked with commitment and professionalism, and this brought important results. When you wear the Milan shirt, you can’t keep a low profile, the expectations and pressures are normal, but we have to think only about working.”