Empoli’s sporting director has confirmed that midfielder Ismael Bennacer is joining Milan. “I see Gattuso in him, their fans will love him.”
Bennacer is on the verge of a €16m move to Milan after a breakout campaign for Empoli, while he helped Algeria win the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday and was named the tournament’s best player.
“He’s tactically an interesting player, he’s likeable and he’s always been loved by his teammates,” Pietro Accardi told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Everyone loves him in the dressing room because he never holds anything back. He wants to get to the top and he’ll get there.
“He must be grateful to Empoli because we’re a club where young players can grow and improve a lot.
“I see Gattuso in Bennacer because he has a great desire to fight. I remember something he did against Fiorentina: Ismael wins the ball back, an opponent falls on him and he takes a cut to his tibia.
“He gets up to win the ball back again, then we gave him seven stitches. The fans at San Siro will love him: they want to see players who sweat and fight until the final whistle.”