According to the Corriere dello Sport, Gennaro Gattuso has decided that he wants to leave AC Milan at the end of the season.

The tough midfielder has had an under-par campaign for the Rossoneri, and has performed way below the levels that saw him crowned World Cup champion with Italy in 2006 and European club champion with Milan last season.

There have been strong reports in the Italian media over the past few weeks that Gattuso could be leaving Milan at the end of the season.

Three of the biggest clubs linked with making a move for the 30-year-old have been Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

According to the Corriere, Gattuso has decided he wants to join an overseas team in a climate which is less intense than Serie A.

This would bring to an end an excellent nine-year career at San Siro for the Calabrian-born star, who joined from Salernitana in 1999.

Meanwhile, Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani has stated his belief that Gattuso will choose to stay.

"Rino has a long contract with Milan and he's a big Rossoneri fan," said the transfer guru. "From May 19 I will be available for any player and agent to talk about anything, but everything seems to indicate that Rino will remain here for a long time.

"However, I don't talk about the market with any player until the end of the season."

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