NEWS
Monday May 6 2019
Leonardo on Bakayoko and 'investment'

Milan director Leonardo promised Tiemoue Bakayoko will be “dealt with in-house” and warned fans “there won’t be any big investments.”

The 2-1 win over Bologna was overshadowed by an incident in the first half, when Lucas Biglia limped off injured and Bakayoko took so long to get warmed up that Gennaro Gattuso instead told Jose Mauri to come on.

The pair then exchanged ugly words on the touchline, with the Chelsea-owned midfielder visibly swearing at his Coach.

“What happened with Bakayoko will be discussed internally and we won’t publicise any action we’ll be taking,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia.

“He dealt with a lot of issues over the last few weeks, but mistakes are mistakes and we will intervene. He has many positive elements, but anyone who makes an error has to pay for it.

“We don’t have to intervene every time and it’s true that many things have happened, but we try to resolve them in-house. All together, from Ivan Gazidis to me to Paolo Maldini and Gattuso. It can’t become a public trial.

“Situations have been clarified, they all know what we think, because we come and go, but Milan remain and Milan are untouchable.”

There continue to be reports Gattuso will be replaced at the end of the season, even if Milan qualify for the Champions League.

“We have always been clear with him, it’s normal to have some difficult moments. It’s all going according to plan, we couldn’t expect it to be all wine and roses.

“The club had many changes and it’s true that we are not in a simple economic situation with parameters that have to be met in not much time.

“There is no dismantling of the squad, but obviously there won’t be any big investments either. We are blocked for next summer.

“Clearly, Champions League qualification will be decisive on which direction we go in.”

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