Tassotti expects Ronaldinho, Gattuso to stay

Published Jul. 7, 2010 11:59 a.m. ET

AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti expects Ronaldinho and Gennaro Gattuso to remain with the club for the upcoming season.

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 go."

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 Wednesday.

Tassotti has been assistant coach at Milan since 2001 and new coach Massimo Allegri will be the fourth coach he has worked with.

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 be."

Milan finished last season in third and was knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United at the first knockout stage.

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."