Just landed in Milan, with a frowning gesture and a face of few friends, as if he was still wearing shorts at San Siro with his jacket rossonera facing a cloud of rivals, Gennaro Ivan rhino Gattuso (Corigliano Calabro, Italy; 44 years old), Valencia’s new coach, rejects the accusations that brand him again as xenophobic, homophobic and racist in the hornet’s nest of social networks. “I’m bored, it’s just keyboard lions. Me racist and homophobic? But are we crazy? My story speaks for me. It’s time to calm down,” Gattuso said on his return from Singapore after closing his deal with Valencia’s top shareholder, Peter Lim. The Mestalla club has signed him for the next two campaigns plus an optional one subject to objectives. His salary, according to the Italian press, will be three million euros gross plus bonus per season. Cup champion with SSC Napoles and former Milan coach, Gattuso arrives in LaLiga to revive weak Valencia.
Gennaro Gattuso has just confirmed how difficult it is to train at Mestalla if, in addition, you arrive hand in hand with owner Peter Lim and his head advisor Jorge Mendes. The Italian technician is represented by Mendes and in the current black and white context any actor related to the Singaporean broker and the Super agent Portuguese generates suspicion and rejection. Since his trip to Singapore was revealed last week, the same controversy that kept the coach from signing for Tottenham last season has been revived. The social networks of spurs They burned when the London club wanted to incorporate him, calling him racist, sexist and homophobic. Then, different phrases were rescued and viralized that ruled him out for the London bench. In 2008, he said that “marriage should be between a man and a woman and same-sex marriage seems very strange to me. But each one does what he wants”. In 2013, when Barbara Berlusconi joined the Milan management, she commented: “I just can’t see women in football. I don’t like to say it, but that’s how it is.” That same year, after Boateng was booed in a match at Busto Arsizio against Pro Patria, which led the player to leave the field, Gattuso declared: “How many times have the whites been booed? It happened to me, but I don’t give it much importance.
Gattuso regretted a year ago that social networks took him away from the Tottenham bench. “They did not describe me as I am and there was nothing I could do. I’m sorry I couldn’t defend myself because I’m not the person they were talking about in England. Some malice comes from Facebook and Twitter, where it is possible to unleash any falsehood. I don’t have profiles on the networks and I don’t want them. I had to accept a story that hurts more than any loss or dismissal. We cannot understand how dangerous the network can be.”
His incorporation to Valencia has forced him to give explanations again: “The phrase about Barbara Berlusconi was intended to be a defense of Galliani’s work, which at the time was highly dismissed. As for the alleged racism, I signed Bakayoko at Napoli… And many of my black teammates are my friends… What do these gentlemen who talk about racism and hide behind a nickname know about me? Italian, who, according to the media in his country, interprets that he is a victim of the war that Lim and his opponents maintain for control of Valencia.
Rino Gattuso hasn’t trained for a year. Tottenham fans blew up his signing for the Premier, but a month before he was fired from Fiorentina. He was in office for 23 days. The owner of the Tuscan club, Rocco Commiso, denounced that the reason was Mendes: “In the negotiation for Sergio Oliveira, Jorge Mendes represented Porto, the player and Gattuso. Negotiating like this is unacceptable. It cannot be that a person gets money from everywhere.” Gattuso demanded to make between four and five changes in the Fiore squad and all his requests were footballers represented by Mendes, according to the version viola. Costs were doubled, commissions were inflated and Commiso decided to fire the technician. Months later, Mendes placed Sergio Oliveira in Roma, another of the clubs he controls, representing the player, Porto and intermediating for Mourinho’s Romans, a coach who also belongs to Gestifute, his company. Same business in another club.
In Valencia a revolution awaits him. Lim is going to scrap the team to deal with his red numbers, but Gattuso did not want to be unemployed for another year. Jumping to Spain is appealing and regarding the pruning of the squad he knows that he has Mendes, who has promised him players.