Venezia midfielder Franco Zuculini has spoken highly of former boss Ralf Rangnick amid reports he is set for a job at AC Milan.
A number of different outlets have reported that CEO Ivan Gazidis has made it his priority to appoint the German as the next head coach and sporting director of the Rossoneri – an unprecedented role in Italian football.
Although there have been denials about a possible arrival of Rangnick, what we have learned is that there is a basis for agreement that will have to be formalised, barring sensational second thoughts.
Rangnick is a figure that Gazidis strongly believes in to help lead his Milan revolution, even though ex-players and pundits have expressed concerns about the suitability of the 61-year-old for Serie A.
Zuculini played for Rangnick during his spell at Hoffenheim and lifted the lid on what Milan fans can expect.
“Rangnick? I have a nice memory of him. He is a great coach, he knows how to work very well with young players, he helps them to grow,” Zuculini told TMW.
“Look at Firmino, he’s a product of his. Rangnick has been able to enhance his characteristics. In general, over many years, he has created crazy footballers.
“Differences from an Italian coach? He is German … and the Germans work a lot with the ball, from the first to the last minute. I remember the training was beautiful, we did exercises that have not yet arrived in Italy. And during the week we never did the same exercise, this made the training sessions more beautiful.
“Italian football is different, but I am sure that if the coach really went to Milan he would be able to involve all the boys. He will do well. He has proven to be a great coach. And surely he doesn’t need advice.”