Report: Gennaro Gattuso to be offered new AC Milan deal

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 22: AC Milan coach Ivan Gennaro Gattuso looks on prior to the Serie A match between AC Milan and Empoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 22, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

AC Milan are reportedly set to offer manager Gennaro Gattuso a new contract upon their recent upturn in form.

After a sluggish start to the season, Gattuso has since overseen six wins in nine matches since the start of the second part of Milan’s campaign.

The Rossoneri’s form has elevated them up to fourth place in the Serie A table and put them in a strong position to qualify for Champions League football next season and for the first time since 2014.

Aside from that, Milan also remain in contention for silverware this term with a first leg clash at Lazio awaiting on Tuesday in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Further boosting the Italian side’s prospects are the January arrivals of striker Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored seven times in his opening six appearances, and midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

Now Corriere della Sera reports that Milan’s owners, Elliott Management Group, are keen to award Gattuso with a new contract based on their recent form.

The former Milan midfielder, who took charge of his old club in November 2017 upon Vicenzo Montella’s dismissal, signed a permanent contract at the San Siro last April until the end of the 2020/21 season.

But the Rossoneri’s hierarchy are thrilled with how the team have progressed under Gattuso’s leadership and want to tie down the 41-year-old’s future.

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This new development in Italy marks a drastic turnaround from the rumours that were going around earlier this season, when Gattuso’s job was apparently on the line following Milan’s poor start.

Italian media speculated in November that Milan were plotting to recruit former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has been out of work since leaving the Premier League side last summer.

However, the Frenchman denied the claims as “fake news” despite Gattuso confirming in the same month that he remains in the dark over his future.

“You have to ask Leonardo as per this aspect,” said Gattuso.

“The club will make their decisions when it is time.

“I was always the last to know their decisions this summer season and it’s only fair that those who are in charge make their necessary decisions.”

The Lazio and Milan Coppa Italia match on Tuesday will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 10: Krzysztof Piatek (2nd L) of AC Milan celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 10, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)