"It's been a long time since I've seen a player like me, but I saw him at the World Cup: Amrabat. He moved me a lot, I looked like me when I was 27 years old."
To say it is the coach of Valencia, Rino Gattuso, in a long interview with the Spanish sports newspaper AS, in which he talks about his current role and the difference between him and when he was a player.
"Life was much better when I was playing – he admitted -, as a coach you really don't have it. I have to thank my wife, I don't know how she is still with me, but somehow I have to change, because you can't spend 18 or 19 hours thinking about football."
With the coach's 'different' gaze, he admits he's not sure he wants Gattuso as a player in the team.
"I ran a lot and tactically I was very strong - he explains - but surely I would be missing something in modern football. I had character, but the way I like to play is not enough to have character. Now I see football in a totally different way than when I was playing. If you look at the Milan or Napoli games when I was there, we didn't press in attack. It's the first year I've done that in Valencia."