An AC Milan manager has announced the color of the situation of two executives of the workforce coached by Stefano Pioli. Paolo Maldini has set a clear trend on the future of Rafael Leao and Ismaël Bennacer.
Paolo Maldini made major announcements. Technical director of AC Milan, the former defender spoke to Sports Mediaset, on the situation of two key elements of the Lombardy club, current third in Serie A tied with Juventus Turin and seven lengths from Naples. Among the boiling files, that of the Portuguese striker Rafael Leao, under contract until June 2024.
Leao wants “to stay”
Very coveted because of his great performances with the Rossoneri of Stefano Pioli, the former member of Lille is fast approaching an extension of his lease. “We are in talks to extend Leao’s contract. We will try to do it, it seems that we are now on the same wavelength. It looks like he wants to stay. We want to try to seal it as soon as possible, we are discussing it with Rafa.” As a reminder, the 23-year-old striker has been wearing the Milanese tunic since the summer of 2019, and his recruitment for the sum of 29.50 million euros. This season, the Lusitano has scored 8 goals in 22 games in all competitions, including 7 goals in 16 Serie A appearances.
Another case mentioned by Paolo Maldini, that of midfielder Ismaël Bennacer. The Transalpin have confirmed the extension of the 25-year-old, whose current lease also expires in 2024. “We will complete the new contract in the next 24 to 36 hours.” According to information given by the Italian press, the ex-member of Empoli will return until June 2027 and will see his management add a release clause of 50 million euros. With the 2022 Italian champion, the Algerian international has taken part in 23 matches since the start of the 2022-2023 financial year, for 17 matches and one goal in Serie A.