Suso has declared his pride at being linked with a move to Real Madrid but insists he is happy at AC Milan.

The Spain international is reportedly a target for Madrid, with Milan having rejected interest from rivals Inter ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Suso has scored three goals in his last five appearances, his fine form helping to push Gennaro Gattuso's side up the Serie A table.

But although the 24-year-old - who spent a season on loan at Almeria from Liverpool - would welcome a LaLiga return, he does not intend to push for a move home at this stage of his career.

"When the best teams in the world are interested in you, it is to be proud that things are going well. Who would not be happy to have them interested in you?" Suso told Radio Marca. 

"To make the jump to one of the biggest teams in the world is always to be happy.

"Playing at home is always beautiful, now I am in a country whose culture is very similar to the Spanish one and, at the moment, I am very happy there.

"I feel important in the team, I am very comfortable, I am happy and with the coach I get along quite well."

Milan have climbed into Champions League contention in Serie A but speculation continues to surround the future of Gattuso.

Arsene Wenger denied he was being lined up as a successor to Gattuso, with Suso backing the current coach to keep the Rossoneri on the right track.

"It's like when he played, he has not lost that intensity as a coach," Suso added. "When he finishes training he's the nicest and friendliest person you can find, he's the perfect man for the club we're at."

Gonzalo Higuain has been handed a two-match ban after an on-pitch meltdown following his dismissal in AC Milan's 2-0 defeat to his parent club Juventus on Sunday.

Higuain endured a nightmare showing against Juve, missing a penalty before receiving his marching orders in the second half.

The Argentina international had to be led off the pitch by team-mates after he reacted furiously to referee Paolo Mazzoleni's decision to show him a straight red card.

Higuain was initially booked for dissent but was dismissed for persisting with his complaints to the official.

Lega Serie A on Tuesday announced the 30-year-old would be forced to sit out two matches, which are scheduled as the trip to Lazio on November 25 and the visit of Parma a week later.

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso believes Gonzalo Higuain is feeling "a lot of pressure" to deliver for the club.

Higuain, 30, had a penalty saved and was sent off during Milan's 2-0 loss to Juventus at San Siro on Sunday.

The forward has scored seven goals in 13 games since arriving at Milan on loan from Juve, but Gattuso's side are struggling in fifth in Serie A.

Gattuso called for Higuain to remain calm, saying the Argentinian was putting himself under too much pressure.

"At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday's press conference were not by chance," he told Milan TV after his side's loss to Juve.

"Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.

"He has to put aside his nervousness, he is our most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear headed."

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo saw Juve to their win, although Higuain could have levelled the clash had he converted his first-half penalty.

AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain apologised for his red card against Juventus, but insisted he did not insult anyone.

Higuain endured a miserable outing against his parent club, having a penalty saved before being sent off in Milan's 2-0 loss at San Siro on Sunday.

The forward's 41st-minute spot-kick was saved by Wojciech Szczesny before he was sent off late for dissent.

While apologetic, Higuain, 30, said his emotions simply got the better of him after a tough game.

"It seemed an unfair foul, I was fouled as far as I'm concerned. I was cautioned but I did not insult anyone," he told Milan TV.

"I apologised to the club, the fans, the coach and my companions because these episodes must be avoided.

"We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days."

Higuain had the chance to bring Milan level after Mario Mandzukic's opener, but his penalty was saved before Cristiano Ronaldo sealed Juve's win in the second half.

The Argentinian took responsibility for his miss and vowed not to make the same mistake again.

"It was a particular episode, had I scored, the game would have changed," Higuain said.

"The important thing is to take responsibility, to know what went wrong. I promise it will not happen again.

"Now we have to look ahead, we will have two weeks of rest and then face Lazio for fourth place."

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his team for their response after a 2-0 win over AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday.

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo at San Siro led Juve to their win, which saw them set a record for points (34) through 12 Serie A games.

It came four days after their surprise Champions League loss to Manchester United and Allegri was pleased with the way his side bounced back, although they needed Wojciech Szczesny to deny Gonzalo Higuain – who was later sent off – from the penalty spot in the first half.

"Losing against Manchester United has done us good and it was a good response from the team," he said, via the club's website.

"We were a bit shell-shocked by the result on Wednesday but the boys went on the attack straight away in this game.

"We gave away a penalty after a counter-attack, which was the only time Alex Sandro and [Blaise] Matuidi both pushed up, but Szczesny did really well to save.

"This game is a big step forward in the league because we've created a nine-point gap with Inter and we're still six points clear of Napoli."

After Mandzukic's eighth-minute opener, Higuain had the chance to draw Milan level from the spot before the break, only to be denied by Szczesny.

Instead, Ronaldo doubled Juve's lead with nine minutes remaining before Higuain was sent off for dissent to complete a miserable outing.

Allegri said: "In the first half, we perhaps could have organised ourselves better in possession. In the second we did better and we were ruthless from a defensive point of view.

"We need to shoot more on goal from outside the box, so as to put more pressure on our opponents. When we play with [Paulo] Dybala, Mandzukic and Ronaldo we're less structured in attack, but it gives the opposition fewer reference points.

"With the height in the side, we had more joy from balls forward and crosses. We've got players that are better at attacking the far post, rather than the near post, and that was something we did well. Earlier in the season we were hitting our crosses low."

Juve (34) are clear at the top of the table, with Napoli (28) and Inter (25) struggling to keep pace.

Juventus' capture of Cristiano Ronaldo continues to pay dividends with the club celebrating a record points haul after 12 matches of the Serie A season.

Ex-Real Madrid star Ronaldo struck his eighth league goal for Juve after Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring in a 2-0 win at AC Milan on Sunday that lifted the Bianconeri to 34 points, an unprecedented tally at this stage of a campaign.

Gonzalo Higuain, the man Ronaldo replaced in attack, failed to convert a penalty between the goals and was later sent off after an outburst over the referee's decision to award a foul.

The victory restored Juve's six-point lead following Napoli's win at Genoa on Saturday, with last season's runners-up confronting another tough task to loosen the champions' grip on the silverware.

Cristiano Ronaldo defended Gonzalo Higuain after the striker's red card during AC Milan's 2-0 home defeat to Juventus in Serie A.

Higuain endured a personal nightmare against his parent club, seeing a penalty saved and being dismissed late on at San Siro on Sunday.

The Argentina attacker had to be led off the field after a meltdown following referee Paolo Mazzoleni's decision to send him off.

But Ronaldo, who scored the second goal in Juve's victory over the Rossoneri, said Higuain should not be punished too heavily.

"I told him to calm down, as he risked an even worse ban," Ronaldo said to Sky Sport Italia.

"He didn't do much, he was annoyed at losing the game. That's understandable. I hope he is not punished too severely."

Juventus bounced back from their first loss of the season, at home to Ronaldo's old club Manchester United in the Champions League, last time out.

Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with Ronaldo's sixth goal in seven Juve appearances clinching all three points for Juve, who have set a Serie A record with 34 points from their opening 12 games in a strong start to their title defence.

"I'm happy," Ronaldo added. "We won, and it was fundamental with Napoli beating Genoa yesterday.

"We played well, I also scored... I'm really happy to help the Juventus family. Good team performance, against a difficult Milan."

Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty and was sent off in a nightmare meeting with Juventus as his woes cost AC Milan dear in a 2-0 loss at San Siro on Sunday.

Having overcome a back problem to start, Higuain - moved out on loan following Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in Turin - might have wished he skipped the visit of his parent club after Wojciech Szczesny denied him from the spot in the 41st minute.

The champions had already established an eighth-minute lead through Mario Mandzukic and made the result safe thanks to Ronaldo's sealer nine minutes from time.

An incensed Higuain then rounded out his personal horror show by reacting furiously to a booking as Juve bounced back from their midweek Champions League loss to Manchester United.

Their clean sheet, and with it a six-point lead at the top, came despite Leonardo Bonucci watching from the bench at the ground where he spent a mixed 12 months.

Bonucci, who headed back in the opposite direction over the off-season, was surprisingly dropped to Juve's bench but Medhi Benatia proved an able replacement aside from his inadvertent part in the penalty.

Milan's confidence from a three-match Serie A winning streak was quickly eroded as Mandzukic climbed above Ricardo Rodriguez and met Alex Sandro's cross with a commanding downward header.

Their misery deepened just before the break with Higuain, who won the penalty via a VAR review of Benatia's handball, out-thought from the spot.

Szczesny instructed his former team-mate to shoot to the left and Higuain obliged, allowing the goalkeeper to make his second penalty save against the Rossoneri.

Ronaldo, quiet in the first half, forced Gianluigi Donnarumma into a smart stop soon after the restart, but he only had to wait until the 81st minute to get his goal from Joao Cancelo's pass.

And, after receiving a receiving a talking to from the referee, Higuain ranted his way into an early bath to cap a miserable night for himself and Milan.

AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has been included in the Rossoneri squad to face parent club Juventus.

Higuain missed Thursday's Europa League draw against Real Betis but is in Milan's 25-man group to face the Serie A leaders.

The Argentina international is on loan at Milan from Juventus, who allowed him to leave following the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Higuain has hit five goals in nine Serie A appearances and will be out to impress against his employers at San Siro on Sunday.

Emre Can remains out for Juventus as the Germany midfielder recovers from surgery on a thyroid nodule.

Massimiliano Allegri's side will be hoping to bounce back from a 2-1 home loss to Manchester United in the Champions League, their first competitive defeat in any competition since April.

Gennaro Gattuso says he does not know whether he will be retained as AC Milan coach amid continued speculation over his future.

Arsene Wenger dismissed reports he could take charge of the Rossoneri as "fake news" this week, with former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis having switched to San Siro.

Gattuso's position has appeared insecure ever since his appointment but Milan have found form of late, winning five of their last six Serie A games to climb to fourth in the league.

Milan host leaders Juventus on Sunday with on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain facing a race to be passed fit to face his parent club.

And Gattuso said questions about his Milan future should instead be directed towards sporting director Leonardo, but he feels the team is backing him to continue.

"You have to ask Leonardo as per this aspect," Gattuso told a news conference. "The club will make their decisions when it is time.

"I was always the last to know their decisions this summer season and it's only fair that those who are in charge make their necessary decisions.

"All the injuries and problems we had made the team come together and regroup, now my boys do everything I ask, I see the fire in their eyes that I like, the cohesion and the desire to be together."

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in his last six appearances for the Serie A champions but Gattuso backed Franck Kessie to help keep the superstar quiet at San Siro on Sunday.

"I think we have Kessie in our team, he can stop Cristiano," Gattuso added. "You can stop him with good organisation. They also have [Juan] Cuadrado so we will have a lot of work on our hands.

"Who says that there is a fixed lineup? It is true that I have used the same players lately, but this moment has strengthened us even more. We need the perfect performance in order to beat Juventus tomorrow.

"Juventus are full of champions, they are very strong in all aspects. Manchester United had to play at their maximum to beat them, together with Barcelona the Bianconeri are among the top teams in Europe. Ronaldo is an added value for them."

Gattuso was asked about the controversial celebrations of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at the end of his side's Champions League victory over Juventus.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has defended Mourinho, who won the treble during his time in charge of the Nerazzurri, and Gattuso also backed the Portuguese.

"I have done even worse, imagine if now I start to say what Mourinho can or cannot do," Gattuso said.

"Spalletti is right in this aspect, don't disturb the sleeping lion. We all receive offenses, it is not for me to judge."

Massimiliano Allegri has called on Juventus to bounce back swiftly from their first defeat of the season as they prepare to face AC Milan.

Under-fire coach Gennaro Gattuso has restored AC Milan's soul and dignity, according to club great Arrigo Sacchi.

AC Milan have added another name to a growing list of injuries, confirming defender Mateo Musacchio will be out for up to two months.

AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina urged his team to go into their Serie A clash with Juventus on Sunday with no fear.

Gennaro Gattuso's team face a huge test when they welcome the league leaders to San Siro, although Milan have strung together a four-match unbeaten run after their 1-1 draw with Real Betis on Thursday.

Reina recognised Juve were a strong outfit, but said his side had nothing to be scared about when facing Massimiliano Allegri's men.

"With all humility and respect, we're aware they are strong, but we face them with no fear, there is so much trust," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"We play with a full San Siro and we have to do our best to get three points."

Juventus are already six points clear atop Serie A after winning 10 of their opening 11 matches.

Milan have jumped into fourth on the back of three straight league wins and Reina feels they are much-improved after getting through a tough period.

"In difficult moments, you have to get out of it to become even stronger," he said. "Now, we must continue like this."

Gennaro Gattuso expects Mateo Musacchio to do everything he can to recover and play for AC Milan against Juventus despite being taken off on a stretcher against Real Betis.

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