Gattuso lauds Beckham
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Injured AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has said that former England captain David Beckham has been a revelation at the club.

Gattuso faces several months on the sidelines after injuring his cruciate knee ligament in December but Beckham has come in to fill his place in the team and is quickly becoming a favourite for players and fans alike. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is on a two-and-a-half month loan from his current club LA Galaxy.

He's surprised me in a positive way. He's a great professional, he arrives at training two or three hours early.
Gennaro Gattuso on David Beckham.

"He's surprised me in a positive way. He's a great professional, he arrives at training two or three hours early," said the Italian midfield general. "He's not Kaka but he's a great player. He's playing in my position because I'm injured but we're completely different. For sure he sets up more goals than I do but I win back more balls."

Gattuso also turned his attention to Kaka in an interview on Italia 1, and said he faced a similar situation in the summer when many thought he would leave Milan. "Kaka is an idol, he had a good think about it (leaving) but everyone really wants him here," he said.

"He's in a team that helped him to win the Ballon D'Or. Last year I also thought that my Milan experience was over and I would be going to Bayern (Munich) but then the club and I cleared things up."