Pioli reveals he is ‘not at all worried’ about Leao’s renewal: “He is happy to be with us”

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli has revealed that he does not feel worried about the negotiations over the renewal of Rafael Leao’s contract which are very much on the horizon.

In 42 overall appearances last season Leao scored 14 goals and added 12 assists, attracting the attention of the strongest clubs in Europe and meaning that his value has skyrocketed.

MilanNews reported that Milan have an appointment with Leao on their agenda to talk about the contract renewal as they want to extend his deal up until 2027, offering him a salary that goes beyond the current internal salary cap imposed at €4.5m net per season with ​​Paolo Maldini and the ownership ready to make an exception.

Pioli gave a long interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he talked about a number of different topics including the upcoming season, new signings Charles De Ketelaere and Yacine Adli plus the strength of his team.

As part of the interview he was asked whether Leao will still be a crucial part of his team even when the decisive phase of negotiations over the extension of his contract arrive.

“If he maintains this level, yes. Otherwise Rebic is there. I’m not at all worried about contractual matters, you can see that he is happy to be with us,” he said (via PianetaMilan).

“Potentially he is a champion, for strength and ability to jump man. He has many goals in his legs, even more than last year. He has grown a lot without the ball, now he must be able to occupy the area better.”

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  1. 3m for benaceer
    4.5m for Leao

    This is stupid, pay them up, they deserve it, 4m and 5m respectively.

    Milan will keep on losing their players because of little funds and we will return back to mediocre team

    1. “This is stupid, pay them up, they deserve it, 4m and 5m respectively.”

      No one really cares what you think they deserve. And as usual, you are clueless of what’s going on. Milan HAS OFFERED Leao 5.5M€/y which is more than you suggested but the thing is that Mendes doesn’t care for Milans offer. He wants a hefty signing bonus from EPL (or PSG or whatever rich club). Even if Milan were to offer 7M€/y as requested Mendes would then lift the demand as Kessie’s agent did.

      “because of little funds”
      Once again shows how clueless you are. Milan cannot magically conjure funds. It takes time to turn the ship around after 2 decades of heavy losses. First of all they need the new stadium. That will bring in 100M€ every year. That will increase (or even remove) the salary cap. That will also increase the transfer budget.

  2. Pioli isn’t worried as he will either have Leao for two more seasons or Milan will get a hefty compensation for his move earlier which can be used to strengthen the team elsewhere too.

  3. His contract still 2 years left. We can sell him next year if he still refuse renew but only 30-40m euro i think due to 1 year contract left. But i confident leao will renew with AC Milan

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