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
“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.”