Tiemoue Bakayoko has once again been the central point of controversy in Italy, and he has now taken to Instagram to respond to reports that claimed he had told the AC Milan manager to "F*** off" during Milan's 2-1 win over Bologna on Monday.
Milan's Lucas Biglia suffered an injury in the first half, and once Gattuso looked to bring Bakayoko in for the Argentine, he noticed that the Frenchman had not put on his shin pads after seven minutes, as a result opting to bring on Jose Mauri instead.
After the match, Bakayoko took to Instagram to respond to these claims, saying that "Despite starting on the bench I was ready to give 200 per cent even if I only played five minutes tonight."
He added that "When Lucas [Biglia] began to suffer on the ground, I was asked to prepare for the change. So I prepared myself immediately and went to warm up for a maximum of two to three minutes. Then I was asked to return to the bench. everything passes I think between 23 and 26 minutes."
There were several reports of how Bakayoko reacted to being told to sit down again by Gattuso, with the heated confrontation including an instance where apparently, Bakayoko told Gattuso to "f*** off".
The Frenchman slammed the reports completely, saying that "It was when I sat on the bench that the coach spoke to me in unexpected terms and I only repeated his words. Nothing more."
He expressed his support for the club at the end of the message, yet his future is still unclear, with him saying that he does not have the desire to play in Italy ever again in his career due to the vile acts of racism that happen during matches.
His behaviour at AC Milan has been questionable, with him recently being fined for turning up late to training, yet in recent months he has put out some of his best performances in a Milan shirt.
Milan's final three fixtures are against bottom-table sides, as they continue to chase UEFA Champions League qualification.