NEWS
Saturday December 23 2017
Abbiati: 'Gattuso is Milan leader'

Milan team manager Christian Abbiati believes the training retreat helped the team prepare for Atalanta. “Gennaro Gattuso is our leader.”

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The entire team spent the last few days in lockdown after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Hellas Verona.

“At these moments, it helps to understand everyone’s issues. Talking to the Coach yesterday, we said the week had passed by very fast. At times, a training retreat is useful,” the team manager told Mediaset Premium.

“The retreat ends today. We can gain in determination and need someone who can transmit that sensation both on and off the field. Gattuso is our leader, he is trying to pass on those characteristics and the group is following him.”

Abbiati was asked about the reports Leonardo Bonucci was unhappy just six months into the Milan experience and would seek a move abroad.

“Bonucci is our champion, he made an important choice coming here and in my view it’s all lies.”