Gattuso rejects surprise Newcastle links

After rejecting claims he could take charge of Roma, Gennaro Gattuso says there is nothing in fresh links with Newcastle United.

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has rubbished reports suggesting him as a target for Premier League side Newcastle United.   -  Getty Images

Gennaro Gattuso has rejected surprise speculation he could take charge of Newcastle United.AC Milan coach Gattuso this month rubbished claims of a potential move to Serie A rival Roma.

But the former Italy midfielder has now emerged as a reported target for Premier League side Newcastle. Media in Italy claimed he held a meeting with agent Jorge Mendes, with a possible switch to Newcastle on the agenda.

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Newcastle has been led to Premier League safety by Rafael Benitez once more, but his contract expires at the end of the season. Should Benitez leave Newcastle, Gattuso says it will not be him who succeeds the Spaniard.

"With Mendes we often see each other," Gattuso said to Rai Sport. "I like good food and talking about football.

"Newcastle? Unfounded rumours. I repeat, with Mendes there is only one great friendship."

Mendes has close links to Wolves, helping to bring Portuguese players including Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho to Molineux.

Milan, meanwhile, are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification having won only one of its past six Serie A games. Gattuso's side, fourth in the table, hosts Lazio in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal on Wednesday, the first game having ended goalless.

"The past is the past, we look to the present. We are playing a very important game," Gattuso told Milan TV of facing Lazio. "It will not be easy. In the first leg we did a lot of work, we're starting from 0-0, we'll see. For us it would be very important to reach the final, but we will need to work and have a great performance.

"Tired? Just like we are, so are the others. It's a tiring campaign. Tomorrow we will be in front of a great crowd, it's a beautiful spot for Italian football and we'll try to make a good impression. We are thinking only of the game."

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