Gennaro Gattuso's love for one of his Valencia stars has seen him dub the defender as the 'ideal man' for his teenager daughter after he scored in their win over Getafe.
The Italian hothead was won two of his four fixtures in charge of the Liga outfit having joined in the summer over a year since leaving Napoli – and has already picked out his favourite player.
The former AC Milan and Rangers midfielder had such praise for former Spain youth international left-back Toni Lato that he also earmarked him as a potential son-in-law down the line.
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Gattuso said: "We're lucky to have a player like Toni Lato.
"He's a great guy. My daughter is very young, she is only 18. But someone like Toni is an ideal man for her.”
Adding: "You can see what a guy he is, humble and hardworking."
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Gattuso's Valencia secured a 5-1 victory over Getafe with Lato, 24, opening the scoring to mark his first goal for the club since 2020/21.
Lato has progressed through the youth academy at the Mestalla and had loans at PSV and Osasuna before impressing their current boss this season.
Gattuso might well have mellowed since his last spell in the dug-out with the glowing compliment, having kept his daughter out of the public eye.
The 44-year-old shares daughter Gabriela and son Francesco with Monica Romano, who is Scottish from Italian descent.
Her father, Mario, was a millionaire restaurateur and the pair are thought to have met during his one season at Rangers back in 1997/98.
The club have remained connected to the World Cup winning midfielder, sending him their thoughts following the passing of his sister in 2020.
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