Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso has promised to deal with Tiemoue Bakayoko his own way after the touchline row against Bologna.
Milan sealed a 2-1 victory over Bologna to put back in fifth place on a par with Roma, only three points behind Atalanta and four adrift of rivals Inter.
However, the game was marred by incidents that overshadowed the win and further jeopardized the chances of the French midfielder staying at the club.
#Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko was spotted apparently telling AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso to "f*ck off" as he took too long to come off the bench in Monday's clash with Bologna. pic.twitter.com/VxSlnQvJ3c
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In the opening minutes, Gattuso asked Bakayoko to warm up after a Lucas Biglia injury, but he was so slow that the Coach called up Jose Mauri instead and the two men exchanged clear insults on the touchline.
“What happens is our business and it happens in our dressing room. I asked Bakayoko to get ready, he took a while, so I called up Jose Mauri.” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We wear a prestigious jersey, I have to be clear and honest. I waited seven or eight minutes and he hadn’t even put his shin-pads on. I’ve told many Coaches to get stuffed in my career, it ended there. We’ll see, it’s all about respect.
“The players can say anything to me, but the main thing is that they don’t lack respect for their teammates and the dressing room atmosphere.
“We have other priorities right now. We’ll see at the end of the season, like a school report, who behaved well and badly. Anyone can insult me on the touchline, but we’ll meet in a room eye-to-eye and see.
Here is the full video of the confrontation between Gattuso and Bakayoko where it appears Bakayoko is telling Gattuso to "fuck off"pic.twitter.com/BrmC0vxHkk
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“I want to sort this out in the dressing room and talk in my language, which I cannot do on television. So we have to focus on the victory and not waste time on other issues.”