Rafael Leao, the talented winger of AC Milan, expressed his contract extension as an ‘act of love’ but also pondered the possibility of one day leaving the club he cherishes.
The Portugal international recently signed a five-year renewal with I Rossoneri, aiming to continue his remarkable journey in Italy.
In the 2021/22 season, Rafael Leao’s outstanding performances earned him the title of Serie A’s footballer of the year, attracting widespread admiration. Despite interest from top clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea, the 24-year-old is determined to focus on his growth and progress with AC Milan, where he scored an impressive 16 goals last season.
“‘An act of love,’ he called the contract renewal. ‘The decision was already in my head, and I thought about it a lot. It was just a question of timing, of choosing the right moment.
Before the contract, I wanted to go to the Champions League final… but we didn’t make it,'” Leao revealed in an interview with Sky Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia.
He remains determined to achieve more with AC Milan. Winning a trophy and excelling as a team are his primary goals. Leao acknowledges the difficulty of spending an entire career with one club in modern football but asserts his commitment to the club’s project and the opportunity to grow alongside young talents.
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Rafael Leao Champions League Dream and Scudetto Triumph
Rafael Leao’s journey with AC Milan began in the 2019/20 season when he joined from Lille. Since then, he has notched an impressive 43 goals.
His performance has escalated over the last two seasons, boasting 30 goals and 27 assists. His contributions were crucial in securing the Scudetto in 2022 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season.
Leao’s ambitions are high. He emphasized, “‘The Scudetto dream has been realized, now the Champions League is missing, the trophy that all players want to win.'”
While acknowledging that football may lead to different paths, Rafael Leao signed a five-year extension, indicating his desire to stay and contribute to AC Milan’s future. The club’s project, the presence of promising young players, and his goal to win significantly fuel his motivation.
With Leao’s talent and dedication, AC Milan’s future looks promising. Fans eagerly anticipate more extraordinary moments from this gifted winger as he continues to impress on the pitch.