AC Milan are aware that they have a real diamond in Rafael Leao as his talent continues to shine, but the next step is to extend his contract to avoid assaults from Europe’s elite.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) focuses on the Portuguese winger, beginning with how Pioli described him: “You have no idea where Leao’s talent can go.” That was not said recently during his excellent run of performances but rather when he was alternating good games with bad, showing the head coach already knew what he had in his hands.
Today Leao beats his man so regularly that you would think he were playing against Primavera-level players, and it seems he is the man who knows how to drag the team through difficult moments. With his 7 goals and 4 assists to begin the season, he is an electric presence and currently the team’s main attacking threat despite starting from wide.
Leao is a decisive and indispensable player and Pioli deserves credit as he managed to bring out the magic, insisting and persevering with him, but the next step is a renewal, because a diamond like him must be held close.