Rafael Leao’s star also shines in Prague. After the controversial expulsion of Genoa against Sampdoria which caused him to miss the direct clash lost last Sunday at San Siro with Napoli, the Milan striker served theassist for the goal of the advantage scored by the former Rossonero Diogo Dalot in the 4-0 away win in the Czech Republic by Portugal, who overtook Spain (defeated at home by Switzerland) in first place in Group 2 in League A of Nations League. Coach Fernando Santos lined up him as a false 9 in the trident with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernando Silva, and then replaced him in the second half with Diogo Jota, author of poker.
PHENOMENON FOR GULLIT – In the meantime, the coronation has arrived by a great former AC Milan player like Ruud Gullit: together with the coach Arrigo Sacchi to the Sports Festival of Trento, the former Dutch international defined Leao a “Phenomenon“.
THE CONTRACT – An adjective like that deserves a commitment to the height, higher than current 2 million euros net per year. Milan knows this and is willing to increase his salary, extending the contract expiring in June 2024. His agent in the summer Jorge Mendes had asked for 7 million euros net per season, a figure that risks rising further over time. Also because the player’s entourage would like the Rossoneri to help pay the 19 million euros due to Sporting as compensation for unilaterally terminating the contract with the Lisbon club in 2018 before moving to France at the Lille, which among other things boasts 15% on its future resale. Leao’s latest statements on the future (“I want to take advantage of all the opportunities that are on the horizon“) they do not let the Rossoneri managers sleep peacefully, who will do everything possible to try and secure him with a new contract. Instead in case of non-renewal, Milan will almost be obliged to sell it on the 2023 summer market, in order not to risk losing it on a free transfer the following year. The English sirens of Chelsea and Manchester City have never gone out. Just like Leao, always ready to light up on the pitch. Already on Tuesday in Braga against Spain and next Saturday in Empoli.