Tuttosport: Messias convinces Pioli and takes Saelemaekers’ spot – the winger has two targets

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli seems to have had all his doubts resolved regarding Junior Messias and is now pushing to keep him, a report claims.

Tuttosport (via MilanNews) writes how up until a few weeks ago it was Alexis Saelemaekers who was the starting right winger for the Rossoneri and his role was not in question, but Junior Messias has overtaken the Belgian in the hierarchies for the moment and he rewarded the decision with a 5th goal of the season against Salernitana.

Messias played as a starter in Milan’s last three games against Lazio in the Cup and against Sampdoria and Salernitana in the league. Playing continuously is important for the Brazilian who has a couple of targets: to fire the Rossoneri to a trophy and to earn a permanent spot on the team.

The 30-year-old arrived at Milan from Crotone on deadline day of the summer window on a loan with an option to buy set at around €5m, finally sealing a move to a top club and therefore his dream is to stay at Milanello and convince Paolo Maldini to use the option, but a decision has not yet been made while Pioli makes his thoughts clear through selection choices.

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