Marco Materazzi believes his former Italy teammate Gennaro Gattuso has done an incredible job in transforming AC Milan’s second during the second half of the season. The Rossoneri appeared done and out of the quest for Champions League football, but the appointment of Gattuso as the permanent head coach in November has scrapped a brilliant comeback for the club.
Speaking on Omnisport, Materazzi was full of praise for his compatriot despite Milan’s rivalry with his former side Inter, he said: “I believe that when a coach steps up from being in charge of the B team and asks to keep the same contract, while trying to prove himself with the first team, he has proved he can be treated as a top coach. They’ve produced an incredible come-back. Credit to Rino, who was able to create a good atmosphere and a solid group. We’ll see if he gets the job next year too.”
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Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon claims that Gianluigi Donnarumma should quit AC Milan and move to Juventus next summer. There is a significant possibility that Buffon will hang up his boots at the end of the campaign.
He has already announced his retirement from the national team and Donnarumma is likely to replace him as the number one within the national team. After having held the top position in the Italy squad for the last two decades, Buffon decided to step down after Italy’s shocking failure to reach the World Cup 2018.Buffon is expected to retire from all forms of football at the end of the campaign.
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ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno does not believe Gianluigi Donnarumma would fancy a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window. The 19-year-old has been widely tipped to pursue a big-money switch away from the Rossoneri, should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. A number of high-profile clubs including Real Madrid have been touted as potential candidates to pursue the Rossoneri graduate, but recent reports have suggested that the Blues have joined the race to sign the teenager.
The west London outfit are currently uncertain whether goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would commit his future beyond June 2019, and this could potentially tempt them to sanction his exit during the summer rather than lose him on a free transfer at the end of next season. As a result, Donnarumma has emerged as one of the prime contenders to replace the Belgian, though Moreno does not feel the move will happen.
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