Leonardo: ‘Gattuso won't be sacked’

Milan technical director Leonardo insists “we’ve never thought about” sacking Coach Gennaro Gattuso.

There has been speculation that the former midfielder will be sacked if the Rossoneri don’t beat Spal tomorrow, especially given it’s the final match before the winter break.

“We never thought about changing Gattuso,” Leonardo told journalists at Milanello.

“We can deny this general situation. Milan started in a hurry this year, and we’re trying to fix a situation which started that way.

“We’re in the running for our objective, which is to finish in the top four. Right now we’re there, and the pessimism Rino talks about is in relation to a moving car that needs fixed.

“The owners know the situation, and we need everyone to cooperate and unite.

“We need a bit of understand to fix this situation, we’re not going to buy 10 players and suddenly fix everything.

“There is no plan to change Gattuso, and Milan have not contacted anyone else.”

The other big issue at Milanello is Gonzalo Higuain, with speculation he could leave in January to join Chelsea.

“It’s difficult for a striker when he doesn’t score, and he also needs to find himself because he’s in a delicate situation, out on loan from Juve.

“Our relationship with him is very direct, he has an important role for us and he knows that. He has a leadership role, because he’s won so much.

“We’ve never had doubts about Higuain, we’ve never questioned his position in this year: nothing has changed.

“Chelsea or no Chelsea, there’s been no offer for him. No-one has asked us about him and he hasn’t asked to leave.

“He’s a Juventus player, we have an option at the end of the year. There’s nothing else to say. He needs to assume his responsibility and do it on the pitch.”

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