Italian outlet Calcio Mercato today has a story highlighting the importance of Mateo Musacchio for manager Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan.

They show the player has become an irreplaceable piece in the team, and that’s the reason why while the former midfielder is in charge of the squad, the 28-year-old isn’t going anywhere.

And the possibility of a departure was real in the January window, when Milan were getting a few offers for the Argentine defender.

Calcio Mercato says Fulham and Watford were the two clubs who tried to take Musacchio from Italy, but due to Gattuso’s requests, Milan director Leonardo, who was willing to listen, has rejected all the approaches.

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It sounds like Milan would have no problem to sell Musacchio if not for Gattuso’s wish, so maybe defender’s stay at the club is only guaranteed while the manager is in charge.

So perhaps Fulham and Watford should follow the situation closely just in case Gattuso doesn’t last much longer in the job.