AC Milan’s promotion of Gennaro Gattuso has the full support of Patrick Cutrone, with the youngster looking forward to working with “a legend”.
The Rossoneri have opted to make a change in the dugout after seeing sizeable summer investment fail to bring about a reversal in fortune on the field.
Vincenzo Montella has paid the price for those inconsistencies, with the decision taken to relieve him of his duties and hand the reins to Gattuso – who had been in charge of the club's U19 side.
Cutrone, who is a product of Milan’s academy system, is relishing the opportunity to work with the former midfielder, with the hope being that he will bring the spirit of his playing days to a managerial post.
"Gattuso is a legend, it is a big honour to have him as coach,” the teenage striker told a select group of reporters, including those from Goal, at an event organised by PES 2018 – the official video game partner of Milan.
“Since I was a child I have appreciated him for his grit and the way he helped his team-mates."
While delighted to have Gattuso at the helm, Cutrone admits that he will be forever grateful to his departed predecessor.
Montella handed the 19-year-old his senior debut in May, with a further 17 appearances – which have delivered seven goals – taken in since then.
"I honestly did not expect to play so much,” admitted Cutrone.
“I will always be grateful to Montella, the experience in these games has helped me a lot.”
All of Cutrone’s goals for Milan so far have come in winning causes, including decisive efforts against Shkendija and Rijeka in the Europa League.
"I don't like to lose, I want to win even during the training matches,” added the highly-rated frontman.
Cutrone will be hoping to help get Gattuso’s reign off to a winning start on Sunday when Milan travel to Benevento for their next Serie A fixture.