Leonardo backs Milan boss Gattuso amid Conte links

AFP | Juventus return for Leonardo Bonucci

AFP | Juventus return for Leonardo Bonucci

Milan were recently taken over by hedge fund Elliot Management, after the club's former owner Li Yonghong failed to repay a large debt, and under new ownership, former Brazil forward Leonardo has been appointed the new general manager.

"At the moment, our defence is full, so if nobody leaves, Leo can not return. On the other hand, there is great reciprocal respect with Leo, but I don't want to go any further than this because, as I can only repeat, we are now fine in that area".

Juve have captain Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia, Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara as central defenders on their books.

Milan's new technical director Leonardo believes an agreement can nevertheless be struck.

And Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that the Bianconeri want to bring back former defender Bonucci as part of the deal for the £54m-rated striker, who is also wanted by Chelsea.

"It all started from an idea, a very sensible and quiet one".

Milan spent over €200m on players last summer but could only finish sixth in Serie A. "If we can do it we will do it", Leonardo said. However, despite I Rossoneri's big spending in the transfer market, the host of new talents simply didn't gel, and the club finished a disappointing 6th place after Gennaro Gattuso hauled the side from the bottom half of the table.

"My point of view is that of the club's", Leonardo added. "Gattuso was the first person to be confirmed", the Brazilian said. I talked to him.

"I've never coached him and he has a contract with Milan".

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