'I pretend to be calm' - Gattuso still a hard man as Milan manager

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Ahead of Sunday's Serie A game at home to Parma, the Rossoneri boss stresses that he lives his life as a coach the same way he did as a player

Gennaro Gattuso says he will not change his approach to management after reaching a year in charge of AC Milan.

The 40-year-old club hero was appointed as Vincenzo Montella's replacement last November and has seen an improvement in fortunes under his stewardship since, currently sitting a single point outside the Champions League places.

But their form has been up and down, with the Rossoneri having to come from behind to beat minnows Dudelange 5-2 at home in the Europa League on Thursday.

Gattuso was a notorious hard man during his playing days and he confirmed ahead of Parma's visit to San Siro on Sunday that he has not changed his mentality as a manager.

"I pretend to be calm, it's not a word in my vocabulary," Gattuso told a news conference.

"I live in the same way I used to live as a footballer. I spend a lot of time working. I hope to improve, to spark as little as possible and to count to 10. I'm halfway there.

"They say that I have to gain experience and grow. I will be 41 years old on January 9. My hope is to improve reading the game and how I prepare for it."

With a month to go until the transfer window opens, Gattuso addressed rumours Milan are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

"It's normal that I like Fabregas, just as I like [Luka] Modric and [N'Golo] Kante, as well as all other players," he said.

"These are questions that must be asked to [sporting director] Leonardo and [director of strategic development Paolo] Maldini. Right now, believe me, I prefer not to think of the transfer market.

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"These things, we only talk about it when there are feasible things, now there are so many names at stake, so far there is nothing concrete."

Gattuso also confirmed a claim from former sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli that Milan tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo - who joined Juventus in July - from Real Madrid.

"If Mirabelli said so, surely I knew it too," he continued. "There was the possibility, it's all true what he said, but then there are so many things."

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