Rossi indebted to Ruud
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Giuseppe Rossi has spoken of his great debt to Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Giuseppe Rossi has spoken of his great debt to Manchester United team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutch striker is showing the Italian youngster the tricks of his trade and Rossi has displayed enough potential since arriving from Parma to suggest he can become a firm favourite at Old Trafford.
Although only having a brief glimpse of first team action in the Carling Cup, there has been speculation that Rossi could be involved in Saturday's Premiership clash with Portsmouth as Sir Alex Ferguson rests some of his stars.
That may seem unlikely with van Nistelrooy needing more games to regain his fitness and both Louis Saha and Alan Smith proving they are fit again, but there is little doubt it is only a matter of time before Rossi steps up from the reserve team.
"When we have training at Carrington, I see all the team," the teenager told Corriere dello Sport. "But I don't hide the fact that I talk frequently with van Nistelrooy.
"He always knows what I did in my matches - evidently he sees our games on MUTV and he gives me a lot of suggestions.
"He is a really good guy and we play in the same role. It's easy to understand each other."
Rossi also admires Andrei Shevchenko, who missed Milan's win at Old Trafford on Wednesday due to a serious facial injury.
"The matches I see on television give me only a sense of him," he added. "Studying what Andrei does, his movements, how he helps the team.
"But I have a super teacher too as van Nistelrooy is superb."
The diminutive Italian forward is determined to represent the Azzurri despite being born in the United States.
"I have a dream," he revealed.
"Playing in a World Cup final in the Italian national team jersey."