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AC Milan director Ricky Massara offers update on Rafael Leao’s renewal

AC Milan sporting director Ricky Massara has provided an update on the contract renewal of Rafael Leao.

Milan are locked in talks with the Portuguese youngster over a new deal, with his current one expiring in 2024.

The Italian club are accelerating the negotiations to fend off interest from several European clubs.

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly tracking the former Lille star, who was pivotal in Milan’s Scudetto triumph last season for which he won the Serie A MVP award.

Leao has carried on his excellent form this season, bagging four goals and eight assists in all competitions. Massara says that Milan remain confident that the 23-year-old will stay with the club.

Speaking at Gran Gala del Calcio awards, Massara told Sky Sport Italia: “We are confident, we want to consolidate this growth that the boy has had and stabilise the team to give continuity at the highest levels, and we will try to find a solution to continue for a long time with Leao.”

Milan recently held talks with his agents and will meet Leao’s father on Tuesday. Leao wants a pay rise after growing in stature.

The club have reportedly prepared a new offer with a salary of €7 million per season – including bonuses – a figure close to his demands.

The Portuguese ace finished 14th in the 2022 Ballon d’Or rankings, six places above his compatriot and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Leao also bagged Italian PFA’s Player of the Season award last night, while Milan manager Stefano Pioli was named the best coach of 2022.

Rossoneri’s title defence is off to a struggling start this season as they sit third in the table with 23 points after ten games.

Their Champions League hopes are hanging in the balance after managing only one win in the four games in the group stage.

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