Some eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that head coach Stefano Pioli had left Lucas Paqueta out of the squad to face Shamrock Rovers.
MilanNews have confirmed that the decision to exclude Paqueta from the 20-man squad was entirely a technical one and nothing to do with injuries, perhaps a shock given Milan will make the trip to Dublin without two wingers in Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic.
Pioli’s decision is an obvious signal to the player: either he changes clubs or he risks being fully excluded, because he is not part of the project now or in the future.
Tomorrow the Brazilian will train at Milanello together with the others not called up for the match in Ireland, but the crossroads has now arrived just as it did in January.
Last year, the former Flamengo playmaker went so far as to ask not to be called up before the match against Brescia as he was unhappy mentally. Fiorentina wanted him, but no deal was done, and while Lyon are now interested a non call-up is not exactly appealing to potential buyers.
The report adds that it must now be seen whether the player will pick up the message or whether Pioli truly is done with Paqueta.