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Gennaro Gattuso rejects Saudi millions for Hajduk Split

13. June 2024
Gennaro Gattuso (foto: Getty Images)
Gennaro Gattuso, the legendary Italian, has been appointed as the new head coach of Hajduk Split, opting for the Croatian club despite a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia.

The footballers of Hajduk Split received a new coach yesterday, the legendary Gennaro Gattuso.

The 46-year-old Italian will be coaching his ninth club in his rich managerial career, having signed a contract until the summer of 2026.

Italian media have been writing extensively about Hajduk's sensational acquisition, highlighting an interesting fact. Gattuso reportedly had a multimillion-euro offer from Al Taawoun in Saudi Arabia, and some claimed he had already packed his bags, awaiting only the confirmation of the lucrative deal.

Supposedly, the Saudis were ready to pay Gattuso €6 million per season, but it appears that Nikola Kalinić was skillful in negotiations and managed to persuade the Italian to join Hajduk.

"The announcement surprised everyone; Gennaro Gattuso has become Hajduk's coach. He was brought in by Nikola Kalinić, a former Milan player who recently became the sporting director of the Split club," writes Gazzetta dello Sport.

Gattuso began his coaching career in Switzerland with Sion in 2013, then managed Palermo, OFI Crete, and Pisa in 2017, after which he took the helm at AC Milan. This was followed by stints at Napoli and Valencia, with his most recent job being at Marseille, where he stayed until February this year.

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