Gattuso challenges Ronaldo's teammate on improvement

Serie A By: Linus Onyeze | 12/05/2018

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AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has challenged Andre Silva to work harder for his chance in the team as speculation builds over the striker's future.

Silva has only started three league games in 2018, after joining from Porto last June for €38 million (£34m/$45m) but has struggled in his first season in Italy, scoring just twice in 23 Serie A appearances and as a result, Nikola Kalinic and youngster Patrick Cutrone have been preferred by Gattuso, prompting rumours of a possible club-record bid from Championship winners Wolves.

Gattuso insists he sees potential in the 22-year-old Silva but has warned him that talent is not enough.

"You all know what I think of him," he told a news conference. "He has talent and technique but, at the same time, he has to improve a lot.

"When I give him opportunities, he has to make the most of them. The talent is undeniable, but he needs to do more.

"Players have to let themselves be helped. If you don't train in a certain way because you think you won't play, you have to do more in the week to show why you deserve to play."