The Milan coach insists Gonzalo Higuain will not be leaving AC Milan following rumours of a move to Chelsea in January.
Gattuso opened up on how the problems Milan are having at the moment are not all because of the striker’s lack of form.
The Argentinian joined AC Milan from Juventus last summer in a loan switch which included a further purchase option for next summer worth €36m and is yet to find his usual goalscoring rhythm.
In fact, he only netted five in twelve appearances this season and is goalless in the Serie A since last October.
With the January transfer window just round the corner, transfer rumours intensify and according to reports, Higuain might be already on his way out of Milan. Chelsea who are in search of a striker seems to be the most likely destination for the striker with Morata being part of a possible exchange if the deal goes down.
Despite these rumours, however, Gattuso seems to have plans to build the AC Milan project around Higuain and denied any rumours of Higuain leaving the club.
“I do not know about any potential swap,” he said in a pre-match conference on Friday.
“We’re keeping hold of Higuain and, in recent years, Chelsea have not bought players aged 30 or 31.
“Higuain is going through a difficult moment, like the whole team, but I treasure him a lot. I have no doubts about him. We have to put our players in a position to play well and express their full potential.
“Right now, we are struggling with our midfielders, who cover the pitch but are unable to supply quality balls forward. Our problem is not Higuain.”
Gattuso said: “It is normal that, on a mental level, Higuain is not in a positive moment and is missing scoring goals. We have only discussed football, no contract talk, and our focus is to help him return to scoring form.”
The Serie A side have not won a match from their last three including the one where they were knocked out of the Europa League against Olympiacos but are still fourth in the standings.
“The first day of the season, the club asked me to get to the Champions League,” Gattuso said. “We are fourth, but it is as if we are eighth or ninth. We have to wake up.
“The Olympiacos game was a blow, but we have to continue to work seriously. If the media think we are stronger than what we are showing, it is talk that does not concern me.
“We started the season slowly, not winning games that we had to win, but we also benefited from the results of our rivals.”