Former coach urges Milan to keep Leao: “Potential champion in their hands”

By Isak Möller -

Milan have already made some changes to their squad and a few more are expected ahead of the upcoming season. In addition to reinforcing it with signings, they will also part ways with some outcasts. 

Rafael Leao might not exactly be an outcast, but he could still leave the Rossoneri this summer. This morning Tuttosport (via MilanNews) reported that Milan could decide to sell him if a good offer arrives, meaning his future is uncertain.

However, in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews), Leao’s former manager Tiago Fernandez urged Milan not to sell the forward. He was the caretaker of Sporting Lisbon for a short period during the 2018/19 season.

“Milan shouldn’t part ways with him, they have a potential champion in their hands. I have never seen someone like Leao. I trained him for the first time when he was 12: he was shy, head down, lived in a boarding school and spoke little. When he went to school he used to take the ball to class. For a while, I also hosted him at home with my family,” he stated.

It remains to be seen if Leao will leave the Rossoneri this summer, with the price tag rumoured to be around €25m. Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara could use this money elsewhere and perhaps confirm Jens Petter Hauge on the left flank.

READ MORE: Hauge’s future at Milan yet to be decided – Leao could be sold

Tags AC Milan Rafael Leao Tiago Fernandes


    1. Agree. Hauge is more mature and intelligent in his play. But I wouldnt let Leao go. He’s very talented. Maybe a loan could do him good. Why is he so inconsistent? Is it his personal life? Then we should try to fix that and help this young man.

  1. Milan’s decision-making in terms of letting good players go and keeping duffers is unbelievable. Basically, they should just do the opposite of what their original intentions are, and they will end up with a better squad.

  2. First of all, Leao costs 35 million and not, as the journalist writes, 25 million. Milan clearly said that Leao can only leave if someone offers 35 million. On the other hand the agent from Leao is completely right Milan would have to save Leao because his potential will explode and Milan could have one of the best footballers in the world.

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