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Rossoneri Round-up for 30 January: Gattuso called Bakayoko “an important player” for Milan

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Remember when Gennaro Gattuso said that Chelsea loanee Tiémoué Bakayoko had a lot to learn before making an impression at Milan? Those days appear to be over.

After the Coppa Italia match, Gattuso said:

I think he’s an atypical deep-lying midfielder in modern football. He can turn the moves from defensive to attacking, he takes men on and always gets past them.

He has learned so much about transitions, as at the start he got it wrong most of the time, but today he can do diagonal runs and close off the passing channels. He is a very important player for us.

High praise indeed from someone who used to play very well in midfield.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is set to miss a month with a sprained ankle. [Black & White & Read All Over]

Napoli have loaned Carlos Vinicius to Monaco. [Football-Italia.net]

Milan beat Napoli and are headed to the Coppa Italia semifinals. [AC Milan Offside]

World Football Links

Manchester United needed extra time to draw at Burnley. [BBC.com]

Newcastle United beat Manchester City. [Coming Home Newcastle]

Newcastle have reportedly finally agreed to a deal with Atlanta United for Miguel Almiron. [Coming Home Newcastle]

Rangers FC have signed United States international Matt Polster from the Chicago Fire. [BBC.com]

No, Leeds United teenage winger Jack Clarke isn’t going anywhere. [Through It All Together]