There was a proud moment for Theo Hernandez last night as he made his debut for France, and AC Milan are reportedly looking to tie down his future long term.
Calciomercato.com writes how Theo Hernandez fulfilled his lifelong dream of making his debut for France last night as he played the wing-back role against Finland, and Milan are aware just how much the 23-year-old is developing and continues to grow.
Paolo Maldini was the man who convinced Theo to join Milan on a sunny Ibiza afternoon and now he will meet with the management in the coming weeks to begin negotiating the extension of his contract, expiring in 2024. Currently, the former Real Madrid man receives €1.5m net per season – a sum that does not reflect his value to the squad – so therefore a pay rise is expected.
Before eventually signing Nuno Mendes from Sporting CP, Paris Saint-Germain had the idea of bringing him back to France and even had a call with his agent, but Milan were perfectly aware of the situation because the relationship between the parties is excellent.
Theo for his part is happy at Milan and has never pushed to consider offers from abroad, while Maldini and Massara value the player highly, so speeding up talks over an extension and a pay rise serves multiple purposes, including another Calhanoglu and Donnarumma situation or a Kessie-type impasse.