Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko joined AC Milan on loan during the summer after a difficult season with the Blues. The 24-year-old signed for Milan on loan with a view to a permanent move at the end of the campaign.
Bakayoko made his debut in Milan’s 3-2 loss at Napoli last Saturday and had a difficult game, drawing the frustration of Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso.
After the defeat, Gattuso said: “Bakayoko has to learn how to get the ball,” Gattuso said. “We must work correctly. It will not be easy.
“One week is not enough to remove the defects of a player. I would have preferred to be managing older, more experienced club players.”
The Milan boss on Thursday defended his comments and claimed that his statement was misinterpreted.
“Some people misunderstood what I said about Bakayoko,” Gattuso told a media conference ahead of Friday night’s Serie A clash with Roma.
“I noticed he was upset when I saw him in training after the last match.
“I didn’t blame him. I never point at my players. I meant that it’s not easy to play in a new league and get used to new working methods.
“He needs time, that’s all. Bakayoko and this team have already improved a lot and I’m happy.”