AC Milan midfielder Tonali on Gattuso; My idol is now my friend

AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali admits he appreciates being likened to Rino Gattuso.

Tonali says he looked up to the Rossonero legend when growing up.

He told UEFA: “What impact has Gattuso had on my career? We met a few times and on each occasion he explained many things about himself, about football, he also gave me a lot of advice that will make a difference in the future.

“We have a good relationship, almost a friendship because it’s not a normal relationship. He scolds me even when he has to, he can be tough because he wants the best from everyone, we all know how he is. If he has a goal, he wants to reach it at any cost, giving all he can. He is a special person, a good person, a pure person, he helps you in a thousand different ways.

“He gave everything he could, from start to finish, without ever giving up, his grit was recognised by everyone. He could run non-stop, he played even when he was injured, he could play in a thousand different ways. He was always there, he always ran, he put his heart into everything he did. I’m happy to have met such a person, I’m happy to have met my idol and I was able to talk to him often.

“I think he was a great champion and he showed it on the pitch. There’s time for me to prove it, getting close to him would be incredible.”

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