AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso Rebutes Jose Mourinho, Says ICC Great for Fans


AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso doesn’t side with the opinion of Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho who says that fans who attend the International Champions Cup preseason tournament aren’t getting their money’s worth.

“I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams” an angry Mourinho said following his team’s loss to Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan (h/t ESPN FC).

Gattuso says otherwise.

“This is a competition that gives the younger players the opportunity to show their qualities and get some playing time,” Gattuso said, prior to their match against Tottenham. “But then you see boys [born in] 2000 or 2001, or in 1997 and 1998, who are great talents and they are given the opportunity to play, and show that they can do so at a high level.

“It’s not all negative. Of course, anyone who pays wants to see the top players, but I think those who have come to the matches have enjoyed themselves.”

Gattuso also remarked about transfer market rumors, and how it is affecting his team, and himself.

“The boys are attached to their smart phones, they read the news systematically,” Gattuso said. “They talk to their agents. It’s part of the game.

“We are a long way from home, but until the transfer market closes, there will always be talk.

“Everyone gets in a bad mood at some point — a striker because there is allegedly a new striker on the way, the same for a midfielder. And I also feel that, every day, there is talk that my place is at risk.”