Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has revealed his five role models in football: Filippo Inzaghi, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Paolo Maldini – and Alvaro Morata.
Speaking to La Repubblica on Friday, Cutrone also shared a story about his desperation to play at Old Trafford as a youngster, affirmed his desire for Milan to stay at San Siro and revealed the ‘stimuli’ given to him by Gennaro Gattuso.
“When I was 14, I hurt myself when I went to catch a ball at a holiday camp in Puglia,” explained the 20-year-old.
“I cut myself under my armpit. I kept playing, but a month later I got an infection during a tournament in Manchester.
“I was operated under total anaesthesia by a Sikh doctor, then I began to pray to De Vecchi, my Coach: ‘Gaffer, please give me a few minutes in the Final.’
“I couldn’t miss out on Old Trafford, a legendary stadium like San Siro. I hope Milan and Inter don’t move. You breathe the history there. It gives you an indescribable feeling.
“Gattuso is giving us the right stimuli. Milan are playing well. Training is the only way to convince him to let you play more.
“My idols are whoever scores lots of goals, so Morata, Inzaghi, Van Persie, Suarez. Maldini is also one.
“Once he came to pick up his son Christian and gave me his autograph. I was speechless.”
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