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22 May 2008 @ 02:17 am
Gattuso: I Never Really Wanted To Leave  
 Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that he never really had any intention of leaving AC Milan, and that his final decision to stay was also because he didn’t want to be a “traitor”.

Gattuso had been strongly linked with a summer move away from San Siro, and there had been reports in the media that he had agreed to join Bayern Munich.

However earlier this week the 30-year-old ended all the speculation by committing his future to Milan until 2011.

"It only took me five minutes to discuss my problems, which were not at all financial," Gattuso tolds news agency Dire.

"Carlo Ancelotti and Adriano Galliani listened to me and we are still friends like we were before. I will be here for three more years and I will finish my career at Milan.

"I never really thought about leaving this club because it wouldn't be easy after nine years. When we went into the office, Galliani closed the door and told me that if I wanted to leave I would have to jump out the window.

"It took no time to clarify our positions and I felt the full affection of the club.

"When you wear this shirt you always want to win and at times you are left a little disappointed. The fans' love is also important and I didn't want to make the mistake that Andriy Shevchenko did and leave as a traitor."

Gattuso has been at Milan since 1999, when he joined from Salernitana, and he has since gone on to win every major club honour on offer with the Diavoli.

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