Wednesday July 8 2020
Gattuso: 'Milik wants a change of scenery'

Gennaro Gattuso urges Napoli to keep raising the bar, but concedes Arkadiusz Milik ‘wants a change of scenery and we must respect that.’

The Partenopei continued their march up the table with a 2-1 win away to Genoa, thanks to Dries Mertens and Hirving Lozano goals, around the temporary Edoardo Goldaniga equaliser.

“I am happy with the game, although we could’ve done better at the start of the second half, which reminded me of the way we lost to Atalanta,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’re pleased to be doing well, but still have areas where we need to improve. The objective is to create a strong, winning mentality, playing a certain type of football. We must prove that we can play well for 95 minutes.

“The table says we are 12 points off Atalanta, but there are great players here and we cannot be that far away from them. That means we should look at the Serie A table every day and think about what we did wrong, what we did right and what we can do better.”

Before the match, director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli confirmed Milik was “closer to the exit” than he was to a contract extension with Napoli.

“It’s difficult to find someone better than Milik,” added Gattuso. “However, when a player believes his time at a club is over and he wants a change of scenery, you have to listen to him. You can’t try to keep someone against their will, or it’s difficult to get them to listen or have the right mentality. You have to respect the wishes of the player.”

Victor Osimhen visited the Napoli ground, met with President Aurelio De Laurentiis and coach Gattuso, so how would the team change with the Lille striker as their centre-forward?

“He’s different, but I don’t want to talk about that. If and when Osimhen joins, then I’ll explain the changes.”