Monday June 3 2019
Paqueta hails 'wonderful' Gattuso

Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta says working under Gennaro Gattuso was a ‘wonderful’ experience, even if he did not play in his preferred position.

The 21-year-old joined the Rossoneri from Flamengo for €35m in January and lifted spirits at San Siro with fellow new boy Krzysztof Piatek, although he ended the season suspended.

“Working with Gattuso was a wonderful experience,” he told reporters while on international duty.

“He gave me a lot of support and helped me adapt to Serie A. What he did in the dressing room, on the training pitch, the way he talks to you and motivates you is indescribable.

“Football in Italy is very tactical and played more without the ball but, with Gattuso’s help, I adapted quickly and understood what he wanted from me on the pitch.

“I was used to playing differently at Flamengo and had other roles on the field. The No 10 position I have with the national team is probably my favourite.

“I know I can give more to Milan and Brazil. I’m happy where I am, but I will always try to improve.”

Paqueta is currently with the Brazil squad ahead of Copa America and has won four caps for the Selecao, scoring against Panama in 1-1 friendly draw in March.

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