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Maldini: ‘We are close to Rafael Leao renewal’

Milan director Paolo Maldini confirmed that the club are close to agreeing terms with Rafael Leao on a contract extension. The Rossoneri legend was speaking with Amazon Prime (as quoted by SempreMilan) ahead of the clubs Champions League semi-final match against city rivals Inter, and confirmed that the club are in talks with the Portuguese winger over a new deal to extend his stay, and also talked about a monumental European night of football:

On the UCL journey…

“I would say one thing. Beyond the excitement of being here at such a high level, having Milan and Inter play this game as they did 20 years ago is a great thing for Italian football. Two teams that have quality, then Napoli who were eliminated by us were the best this year. A great signal for Italian football.”

Did you have the courage to dream?

“Dreaming costs nothing, through dreams you get results. If you are satisfied you can’t give everything, this is a mentality that great teams have. We must also be practical, the dream is not enough.”

On Leao’s renewal…

“Let’s say that we’re close, this is the will of the club and of course the will of the player. Beyond the technical things, there were many components that came from the past.”

Are Milan ready to stay at this level?

“In my opinion, we are not ready yet to remain at this level but what I was trying to explain to the two American owners [Elliott and RedBird] is that this club is special and this city is special, and very often the processes are faster. You have to seize the moment, because if we let this moment slip away it would be a real shame, and sometimes you even take two steps back.”

How much do you want to get back on the field? “That’s just the mind, the body no longer follows. Unfortunately I like to do things well, I wouldn’t be able to do even 1% of what I could do. It’s nice to have a good memory (laughs, ed)”.

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