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Gattuso hypes up Lucas Paquetá ahead of Coppa Italia clash

The 21-year-old is set to make his Milan debut on Saturday

There has been a lot of talk surrounding Lucas Paquetá ever since Milan announced that they had agreed to purchase the player from Brazilian side Flamengo for €35m back in October.

Now, it’s time for him to prove his worth and all signs point to a Paquetá debut on Saturday in Milan’s Coppa Italia round-of-16 match at Sampdoria.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso admitted he’s surprised and impressed about what the Brazilian can add to his squad.

“Paquetá is a sharp player, a player with precise characteristics,” Gattuso said.

“He seems like a European player, not a Brazilian, he has a Brazilian style of play but he knows the field well, he has physical quality.

“His head works well even in a tactical sense. This is something important that I am surprised about.

“He is a 21-year-old player who has always been a professional with charisma and who chases the opponents.

“We made a great signing.”