AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso announced Tiemoue Bakayoko has apologised to the squad for showing up late at training on Wednesday.
Chelsea loanee Bakayoko turned up an hour late due to an alleged car problem, which left Gattuso fuming.
Apparently, it stirred fears in the Milan camp over Bakayoko’s attitude off the field and had them considering whether to send him back to Stamford Bridge.
But Gattuso revealed the issue has been resolved after organising a training retreat for his squad, who had a welcome eight-day rest ahead of their final four games of the season.
“We have settled our differences and he has apologised to the team. Everything is back to normal with him,” said Gattuso, according to SportsMax.
“The training retreat was a difficult choice but there are rules to follow which are valid for everyone. We have to be aware of the team we play for and our values.
“In times of difficulty, we all have to understand our responsibilities. We’ve been together at Milanello for about four days now and it has brought us closer together.”
Milan, who have only won once in their last seven league games, find themselves down in seventh place in the Serie A standings.
Therefore, hopes of qualifying for the Champions League following a five-year absence are under serious threat.
With a six-point gap to Atalanta in fourth, Gattuso conceded they got their work cut out ahead of Monday’s Serie A clash with Bologna.
“My boys have always given their all on the pitch, even in the last few games,” he said.
“We have always known how to react and bounce back. I expect that we return to our combative form.
“We have to regain fourth place in the standings, it will not be easy but we have to be determined and have faith. We have to be strong and be adequately prepared for the game against Bologna.
“They are in good shape, [Sinisa] Mihajlovic has brought some new verve to their team. They have a good pace and have changed their style of play. It is our duty to impose our game and demonstrate who we are with a brave performance.”