AC Milan play down Gattuso Premier League switch

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AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has poured cold water on reports in the press that Premier League duo Manchester City and Chelsea are ready to make a move for Gennaro Gattuso.

The 31-year-old hasn't been in manager Leonardo's plans and is expected to be made available when the transfer window opens in the new year but Galliani has dismissed the rumours.



Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Galliani said: "I am not aware that Manchester City are interested in him.



"I have also spoken to Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and Rino Gattuso is not in his plans."



Juventus skipper Alessandro Del Piero has spoken of his joy after his side beat Serie A table-toppers Internazionale 2-1 in Turin.



The win puts the Old Lady within five points of Jose Mourinho's men at the summit as the title chase hots up.



Juventus went into the game on the back of two successive defeats and the win now keeps them in touch with the Nerazzurri ahead of their vital Champions League clash against Bayern Munich in midweek.



Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: "This victory tastes really good, because of the result and the way we played.



"We wanted to give a response and managed it, rediscovering certain qualities that are fundamental to us.



"In spite of everything, it's important to get a result we really craved for."



Elsewhere, Genoa central defender Andrea Ranocchia is trying to ignore media reports that suggest he is interesting Premier League clubs.



He is currently on loan at Genoa's Serie A rivals Bari and it is thought Chelsea are amongst his admirers.



It is believed the Stadio Luigi Ferraris outfit have set a 15million euros on the Italian under-21 international man's head.



Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "My future is in the hands of Genoa. Until they call me, I prefer not to think about it.



"I am sure that I will play in Bari until June and I think only to do well for Bari.



"Interest from England? I don't know, but I think it is premature for me to venture abroad.



"Even more experienced players often have difficulty outside Italy.



"Maybe Chelsea, but just because there's Carlo Ancelotti."

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