Saturday February 22 2020
Cutrone: 'Wolves coach was fixated'

Patrick Cutrone blames “fixated” Nuno Espirito Santo for his Wolves exit, denies he failed to settle in England and is ready to face Milan with new club Fiorentina.

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This will be the first time that the former Rossoneri youth academy product has faced his old club as an opponent, having briefly moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers over the summer.

“Perhaps it’s for the best that it’s happening in Florence rather than San Siro, as this is a team I still care a great deal about,” Cutrone told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Sportweek.

“It’ll be nice to see my old teammates and the fans again. It’d be nice to swap shirts with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s Ibra, you don’t need to say anything more.”

Considering how quickly he returned to Italy, and the failure of Krzysztof Piatek to make an impact, does Cutrone think of what might’ve happened if he had stayed at Milan?

“You get nowhere with ifs and buts. If it went like this, it means it was supposed to go like this. I can’t know what might’ve happened and I have no interest looking back.

“The experience at Wolves helped me to grow as a person and a professional. I got to know a new culture, new customs, really improved my English.

“In football terms, I learned a new way of playing, with a more intense tempo, where you attack more and don’t fear getting caught on the counter. In the Premier League, you don’t back off, you advance.

“Many people say I didn’t settle in, but that’s false. The truth is that the coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, had his group of faithful players who he would not give up, those who won promotion from the Championship.

“He was totally fixated on that XI, always the same XI, and couldn’t see any of the other players in the squad. It wasn’t just me, but all of us who were outside that group.

“I started three games and scored two goals, but nothing changed. At that point, I had to leave.”

Now Cutrone is back in Italy and chose to join Fiorentina, on loan with option to buy that could become an obligation.

“It’s a club that has always fascinated me for its history, the champions like Gabriel Batistuta who came through here, the passionate fans. It’s also a splendid city to live in.”

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