Tassotti expects Ronaldinho, Gattuso to stay

AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti expects Ronaldinho and

Gennaro Gattuso to remain with the club for the upcoming


Ronaldinho has been linked with a number of teams this summer,

while Gattuso was expected to take up an offer from a side in the

United Arab Emirates.

“I think Ronaldinho and Gattuso will stay,” Tassotti told

Wednesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “The one who seems most likely to

leave is (Klaas Jan) Huntelaar, but I don’t know if he wants to


Gattuso’s agent Claudio Pasqualin confirmed that Gattuso

wouldn’t be following former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro to the

Middle East.

“There are no offers from Dubai for Gattuso,” he said on


Tassotti has been assistant coach at Milan since 2001 and new

coach Massimo Allegri will be the fourth coach he has worked


Allegri takes over from Leonardo, who left the club after one

season in charge.

“Allegri wants greater intensity when we have the ball, when we

don’t, in our tactical play and in training games,” Tassotti said.

“Last year under Leonardo we tried to introduce the ball into our

physical training, but we agree it won’t be easy to do that.

“We have spoken by telephone and met on Monday. We talked over a

number of things and I asked him what my responsibilities will


Milan finished last season in third and was knocked out of the

Champions League by Manchester United at the first knockout


So far the club has bought Italy international goalkeeper Marco

Amelia on loan from Genoa and Mario Yepes has arrived on a free

transfer from Chievo Verona.

Club president Silvio Berlusconi recently said he will not put

any more money into the club, leaving Allegri and Tassotti to seek

out further loans or free transfers.

“It is a sign of the times,” Tassotti said. “The money has run

out and you have to be resourceful. You prepare better and you make

better use of the resources available to you.”