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Gattuso compares Belotti with Shevchenko

Discussion in 'Italian League' started by Football cyborg, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso was full of praise when discussing Torino striker and Rossoneri transfer target Andrea Belotti on Tuesday, Gattuso admits he's a big fan of the Torino striker. Milan have been linked with a summer move for Belotti, who worked with Gattuso at Palermo for a short spell.

    Gattuso remains one of the biggest admirers of Andrea Belotti and has recently met him in person. The former Palermo striker came close to joining Milan this past summer and was on the radar of a host of big clubs across Europe after starring in Serie A with 26 goals last season. His move to AC Milan last summer failed to materialize after AC Milan could not met up with Torino demand of €100m.

    AC Milan instead opted for Andre Silva from Porto for 38 million euros and Nikola Kalinic from Fiorentina for 25 million. However Andrea Belotti remains in the orbit of the Rossoneri who will make a new attempt for him next summer.

    Belotti 2017/18 season has been plagued with injuries and that has hindered his progress. He has only managed nine goals in all competitions for Torino, appearing 26 times in all competitions and also failing to help Italy qualify for World Cup. Gattuso has backed Belotti to bounce back from a difficult season with club and country, with comparisons made to AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko.

    Ahead of tonight's clash, Gattuso was asked the club's transfer target, who has failed to impress this season.

    Gattuso said: "He has gone through a negative patch. Two or three years ago, I said that he had impressed me the most since Shevchenko, but now he is going through a difficult time, when he is well, he has great physical strength and he is a complete player. He plays well and is impressive in the air.

    "I only trained him for 20 days, but I remember them with pleasure. If he shoots at the goal 30 times, 28 times he scores, he is physically strong and clever. He is complete. And he's a good guy."

    AC Milan themselves need a goalscorer, having netted just twice in their last four matches, but Gattuso is not overly concerned and has not sought to spark talk of further interest in Belotti.
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