The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in Rafael Leao’s favour and now the renewal of his contract with Milan should be a formality, it is claimed.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports how the Court indicated to FIFA that Lille owe Sporting CP €20m after the unilateral termination of his contract in 2018 following an attack on the training ground by ultras of the Portuguese side.
Milan were merely spectators of this legal dispute which obviously has no direct effect on the renewal of Leao’s contract. No comments came from the player’s entourage, so the dialogue with Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara proceeds, and he should sign a new deal worth €4.5m net per season (current salary €1.5m) until 2026.
It may well be that the dispute now rages on between Sporting and Lille over how much they are liable to pay and if they in fact own any money at all, but the feeling is that Leao is now at peace and Milan can focus on tying him down long term.