Thursday April 18 2019
'Kessie-Bakayoko blown out of proportion'

Milan striker Patrick Cutrone claims the saga involving Franck Kessie, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Francesco Acerbi’s shirt has been blown out of proportion.

Milan are fourth in Serie A with only six games to go but travel to Parma on Saturday just a point clear of Roma.

“It’s a very important match for fourth place, which is our objective,” Cutrone told Sky Sport Italia.

“We want to qualify in the Champions League at all costs, facing the six games that we have left with the desire to win.

“It would be great to play in the Champions League, and we’ll do our best to reach this objective.

“The win against Lazio helped us mentally, but we mustn’t lower our guard.”

The Italy starlet has seen his game time reduced by Krzysztof Piatek’s arrival, but he insists the pair can play together.

“We have a great relationship and a great feeling on the pitch. We can play together,” he stressed.

“Every day I give my best in training to convince Gattuso to put his faith in me.

“It’s clear that I’d like to play more, but choices are always made by the Coach. Attitude matters most of all.”

The fallout from Kessie and Bakayoko parading Acerbi’s jersey like a trophy continues, with the pair facing referral to the FIGC’s Federal Court and Lazio fans going on to racially abuse the Chelsea loanee.

“It’s been talked about too much,” concluded the 21-year-old.