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Gattuso ‘mentally in pieces’ as he leaves Milan

AC Milan v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 19: AC Milan coach Ivan Gennaro Gattuso embraces Fernandez Suso during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Frosinone Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

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Gennaro Gattuso will not continue with AC Milan after missing out on the UEFA Champions League by one point, and the manager doesn’t want his beloved club to fulfill his contract.

Gattuso, 41, played 468 times for the Serie A powers from 1999-2012, and attempted to bring the club back to the UCL when he took over in November 2017.

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He spearheaded a run up the table from 11th to sixth in his first season, and had Milan third before losing a home derby to Inter. That led a dry spell which pushed the side as low as seventh. A four-match win streak to end the season could not save the day.

Prior to AC Milan, Gattuso led Pisa to Serie B promotion in his only long-term managerial post.

Via Goal.com, Gattuso said his love for the club isn’t just why he’s accepting a departure without the financial fulfillment of his contract, but also what cost him his desire to continue in the job:

“I feel I have too much history with this club, I felt more pressure than I probably should have. I’ve barely slept in the past 18 months, mentally I’m in pieces and that is something I must consider.”

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