Pioli speaks from the heart as he advises ‘happy’ Leao ‘to stay’ at Milan

By Isak Möller -

Rafael Leao’s future has been a hot topic over the last few months as an agreement is yet to be reached with AC Milan on the renewal. Head coach Stefano Pioli has now had his say on the matter. 

The Portuguese winger has been a key player for Milan over the last two seasons and Milan are working on a renewal., seeing as his contract will expire in 2024. It’s proving to be quite difficult, though, as the star has very high demands.

The interest from foreign clubs hasn’t made it easier either, but a renewal still cannot be ruled out for Leao. Speaking to Gazzetta Dello Sport (read in full here), Pioli shared his thoughts and advised the winger to stay at the club.

“In the most absolute way, I advise him to stay. We have done a lot together but none of us has reached our maximum potential yet. Rafa has had incredible development, exponential and continuous growth but there are aspects in which he can work with even more quality and intensity. Doing it with us, in a context that by now he knows very well, will make it easier. And then I also feel like he’s really happy here. He was here on vacation and wanted to say hello: it’s another sign of how united these guys are.”

It remains to be seen how the saga will end, but it’s clear that Milan have a very special player at their disposal. Not being able to fully monetise his eventual departure due to an expiring contract, therefore, would be a disaster.

Tags AC Milan Rafael Leao Stefano Pioli

1 Comment

  1. Appealing to leao’s “feeling of attachment”? actions speak better than words. All this grandstanding and showmanship does not dispel the fact that he has not signed a new contract? Anything else is just b.s

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