Milan's Gattuso keen on United move

 

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso says he would relish the chance to join Champions League rivals Manchester United.

The former Rangers player (26) will line up against United at Old Trafford on Tuesday and would welcome a chance to make Manchester home.

"My dream is to play for Manchester United in England," Gattuso told the Mail on Sunday.

"I know it is a bit soon to talk about because we have this big game coming up against United, but I have always been fascinated by them. I would love to have a new experience, even in the next year or two.

"I would choose Manchester United ahead of Chelsea because the stadium has a very special atmosphere and the club is world famous, like Milan."

Were the unlikely to happen and a deal go through, Gattuso would be expected to fill the role as Roy Keane's long-term replacement.

"I respect Keane because he has a similar game to mine and he is full of spirit," said Gattuso. "Above all, I like the way he leads. He has the stature at United that our own captain, Paolo Maldini, has at Milan."

Barcelona midfielder Rafael Marquez is a doubt for the Champions League trip to Chelsea after suffering a hamstring injury.

Coach Frank Rijkaard will wait for the player to undergo tests before ruling him in or out of the squad.

Marquez sustained his injury in the 1-0 Primera Liga win over Osasuna yesterday and was taken off at half-time, with Gerard Lopez his replacement.

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