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Marco Giampaolo: AC Milan call made me happy man; I rate Praet

Marco Giampaolo is proud to take charge of AC Milan.

Giampaolo arrived from Sampdoria to replace Rino Gattuso last month.

At his presentation on Monday, the coach said, “I had the courage and madness of starting again in Serie C with Cremonese, with the aim of returning to Serie A.

“Milan's call has made me a happy man, five years later. It's a privilege for me. I'm ready to take up this challenge.

“It's not revenge but rather a result of the attachment I've shown to my work. My motto is 'heads up and play football'.

“I want our football to be appreciated and obviously supported by results. Milan must play for the highest objectives, but we must get there through planning.

“Everyone here must believe in our style of play. A precise mentality must be created. It'll be a long journey, so that's why it's only right to go one step at a time.

“Without quality players, you can't play good football. The important thing is to have an idea and carry it forward."

The 52-year-old was then asked about Suso and a possible reunion with Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet.

“I need to get to know the current crop of Milan players first. I'm sorry not to have more available, partly because of the international break and partly because of injuries.

“Before moving seriously in the market, I still need to understand which of the current crop I'll focus on. We need players who suit our style.

“Suso's a quality player and I really like players with quality. He can do almost anything. I won't focus on our formation but rather on which players can form part of our squad.

“I rate Praet, but I don't know if he'll come because we're covered in his position. I don't know what'll happen in the future."

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