Former AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has thanked Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso for the role they played in his development as a player.
The young forward exploded onto the scene for Milan during the 2017-18 season, playing a starring role after Montella gave him a chance.
However, he departed his boyhood club last summer, moving to Premier League side Wolves in a deal widely reported to be worth €18m.
He has struggled to settle in England and was subsequently loaned back to Italy, where Rocco Commiso’s Fiorentina were willing to take him.
He has discussed his exit from Milan before multiple times, hinting that Milan forced him to accept a move to England, and even claiming that the club prefer foreign players over home-grown ones.
Speaking live to the Instagram account ‘Che Fatica La Vita Da Bomber’, Cutrone spoke about Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso.
“Each coach has left me something, I have always learned from everyone,” he said (via MilanNews).
“My thanks go to them , in particular to Vincenzo Montella who made me make my Serie A debut and to Rino Gattuso who gave me continuity. I feel very good with Iachini, he chose me and for this reason I accepted to return to Italy.”
On his past at Milan he said: “I managed to score immediately, it was the beginning of a very positive season for me. We often talk about luck, but it’s the job that makes the difference, train well and convince others.
“It was a great satisfaction because I managed to convince everyone that year. I have never stopped, every day I know that I have to demonstrate something, in training as in the game.
“AC Milan has always been my favourite team and it is a great club. In Milan they made me grow as a man and as a footballer and if I am in Florence in Serie A today it is also thanks to Milan.
“Everyone then has its own path to follow, everyone knows how it went when I left Milan, there is not much to explain. I will always thank the Club for what it has given me and the Rossoneri fans for their support and affection.”