​Former AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has refused to accept a £4.8m contract payout, instead insisting that the money should go towards paying the salaries of the backroom staff who lost their jobs following the Italian's resignation. 

Gattuso was promoted to first team manager at Milan after just seven months at the helm of the club's Under-19 side. He finished the 2017/18 campaign in sixth position; improving to fifth place this season, and missing out on Champions League qualification by a point.

This inability to get Milan back into European football's most prestigious competition resulted in Gattuso handing in his resignation earlier this week, with CalcioMercato reporting that the former Milan midfielder made just one request before leaving his post.

Had Gattuso been sacked, Milan would have owed him the €11m remaining in his contract (€5.5m after tax). He instead chose to step aside voluntarily, renouncing the payment and reportedly requesting that chief executive Ivan Gazidis use the money to pay the two-year salaries of all of his backroom staff. 

Whilst people will undoubtedly argue that the Italian has made enough money in football to forgo a cool few million without it effecting his life too much very few contracted managers follow suit when in similar situations - just look at his countryman Antonio Conte.  

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Despite his inability to take his team back to the summit of Serie A, Gattuso's final act will further endear him to the Milan faithful. The industrious midfielder played for I Rossoneri for over a decade and was an integral part of a side that claimed two Serie A titles, as well as two Champions League trophies. 

The combination he formed at club and country with Andrea Pirlo became one of European football's most renowned midfield partnerships, and helped propel Italy to World Cup glory in 2006. 

Wherever Gattuso decides to ply his trade next, he will always remain a firm fan favourite in the red and black side of Milan.