MN: Dimvula’s words reassure but Milan hope Leao will not follow Kessie’s lead

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan fans and management are hoping that the Rafael Leao renewal situation will not end up echoing that of Franck Kessie’s last year.

MilanNews recall that Ted Dimvula – a lawyer who looks after the interests of Rafael Leao – decided to give an update on where things stand with Leao’s renewal after countless newspaper stories and in particular one from La Gazzetta dello Sport that even caused Milan to officially respond.

“There are so many false and misleading information about Rafael Leao, mainly in the Italian press. This has only one purpose: to paralyze the cordial and professional dialogue that we have with the AC Milan management regarding the extension of Rafael’s contract,” he told Fabrizio Romano and Sky.

“We are currently working together to find a solution that satisfies all parties. The player’s priority hasn’t changed: he wants to stay at Milan and continue to grow and progress in this club and in this city ​​he loves so much.”

These statements once again confirm Leao’s firm will to stay with the Rossoneri and continue his development, and while they have of course been well received by the fan base, many cannot forget what happened with Franck Kessie.

The Ivorian spoke at the Olympics where he was representing his country and attempted to put to bed any rumours of him leaving on a free.

“I’m proud to have chosen Milan and it’s not my intention to leave. On the contrary, I want to stay forever. Now the Games, but when I come back from the Olympics I’ll fix everything,” he said.

These words unfortunately didn’t turn into deeds given that Kessie went to Barcelona for nothing, and that wound is still open for many supporters who do not wish to see the same thing happen again.

Tags AC Milan Franck Kessie Rafael Leao


  1. Its not Cashies fault. When he didn’t sign contract, he should be put on transfer list. Here we have Ac management in samo situation. They “negotiate ” with players agents, and rejected some offers from Chelsea etc . This is not 1) serious owner and 2) serious management .

    1. kessie refused to leave milan as we had an offer from tottenham and we offered him a more than good contract but he kept refusing it. Add to that kessies agent only has two players in the fold and the other one up untill at least recently played in africa and wouldnt get him a handsome fee so im pretty sure it was always in the plans to leave on a free regardless of our attempts to renew,
      Kessie was loyal to his agnet not ac milan and quite frankly he doesnt deserve any sympathyu from ac milans fans. For what i care he rot up at barcelona infact i hope he does that.

      1. Players who refuse to renew or leave with 1 year to go… simple. Let them be ball picker in San Siro. They will not train or play with the team for 1 year. A message must be sent to all players that club will not hesitate to destroy their playing skills if they want to leave for free.

        1. I have no issues with that approach but that is something clubs with better depth can do. I think we are a few years away to be able to do that without causing the team to under perform. Players should nevertheless not be allowed to hold us at ransom in their greed for money. Preferably i would like if the club took a stance that players that hasnt renewed 2 years before their contract expires are put on the transferlist and if they refuse to leave then they wont even be allowed to train with any of the squads,

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