Hiring Gennaro Gattuso until the end of the season to replace Vincenzo Montella, AC Milan’s plan was never to keep the former defensive midfielder, unless, of course, he over performed immensely.

That, however, has not been the case so far, and Corriere dello Sport explain the Serie A side’s top priority remains Antonio Conte.

The Chelsea manager was already on their shortlist when they got rid of Montella, but with zero chance of getting him midway through the season, they brought in a stop gap from within the organisation.

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Despite this, Corriere state AC Milan never stopped being in contact with Conte’s entourage, and that’s even with him not being particularly interested in a project where funds will be tight with likely financial restrictions on their way following this summer’s mad spending.

On top of that, he’d most likely lose the chance of managing a team in the Champions League, a competition he is yet to win as a manager.

This all seems very hopeful (and forceful) by AC Milan.

Things may not be perfect for Conte and Chelsea, but the situation sure looks a whole lot better than at AC Milan.