AC Milan icon Gennaro Gattuso is set to return to the club he signed for 20 years ago as a youth coach.

The tough-tackling Italian was in charge of Serie B side Pisa, but could not prevent the club from dropping down into the 3rd tier.

Now, Gattuso will take over the Milan youth side which failed to make the playoffs this season after losing Cristian Brocchi, who left to take charge of Brescia.

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Supposedly, the role was initially offered to Milan legend Paolo Maldini, but the former defender rejected it and now Gattuso is ready to step in.

"I'm going home," he said, via Gazzetta. "I've thought about it for the past three weeks and I have decided with my heart. It's not like I am going to any old club either - it's Milan."

It is hoped by the Italian giants - who are under new Chinese ownership - that Gattuso can motivate the young stars in Milan's academy after a poor campaign.

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The likes of Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma have broken through in recent seasons and the club is hopeful that Gattuso can mastermind the progression of yet more potential stars.

The Italian has management experience at Swiss side Sion, Palermo, Greek outfit OFI Crete and, as previously mentioned, Pisa.

Despite taking a lesser role, Gattuso is adamant that his latest career move is not a step backwards.

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"It is not a step back, I think it's the right choice. I’m going back to a glorious club that wants to return to greatness," he said to Mediaset Premium, via ​Football Italia.

"I hope to convey a sense of belonging and to help them improve."