Gattuso receives assurances over AC Milan job

Elliott Management's Gordon Singer spoke to AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso and told him "not to listen to what the press was writing".

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso   -  Getty Images

AC Milan's hierarchy have offered Gennaro Gattuso assurances over his future amid suggestions the Serie A club could be looking to replace their manager.

Milan have undergone change both on and off the pitch prior to beginning their Serie A campaign and there were rumours Gattuso could be axed in favour of Antonio Conte following his exit from Chelsea.

However, Gordon Singer, who is part of the management committee with current owners Elliott Management, has spoken to Gattuso and urged him to ignore the speculation in the press.

"When I met Gordon Singer he told me not to listen to what the press was writing about me in the past month and a half - that the club believed in me and to keep working hard," Gattuso said at his press conference on Friday.

"We discussed signing some new players, and we managed to do so, and to improve last campaign's sixth place. Improvement was the keyword."

One of those recruits was Gonzalo Higuain, though his arrival from Juventus in a swap deal eventually led to Andre Silva's departure for Sevilla.

Silva scored just twice in the league in his only campaign with Milan but grabbed a hat-trick on his debut for his new club, and Gattuso admitted he would have liked to have retained the Portuguese striker.

"We wanted to keep Andre Silva, both the club and I didn't want to sell him but he wanted to leave at all costs, and when a player wants to go you can't go against his will," Gattuso added.

"Higuain has always been on top of the list of the players we wanted to sign."

Gattuso's side face Napoli in their first league game of the season on Saturday and Alessio Romagnoli appears set to captain the side following previous skipper Leonardo Bonucci's return to Juventus.

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