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Rafael Leao sends transfer message to Milan after win over Slavia Praha

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A ‘proud’ Rafael Leao has understood how large Milan are because of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paolo Maldini, however the Portugal worldwide additionally praises Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic: ‘I don’t even want to take a look at them.’

Leao contributed to Milan’s 3-1 win over Slavia Praha within the Europa League Spherical of 16 second leg on Thursday with a shocking roller from exterior the field.

Leao now has ten objectives and ten assists throughout all competitions this season, so Sky Sport requested him after the match if that is the most effective second for him in 2023-24.

“I believe so; I get together with Giroud and Pulisic. I really feel effectively, and the entire crew feels effectively,” he replied as quoted by Milannews.

“My work is to assist the crew, even once I don’t rating or help. I’m pleased with myself, however the entire crew is doing effectively.”

How essential has Stefano Pioli been for him?

“As I at all times say, he’s the one who helps me essentially the most,” Leao replied.

“During the last three years, he has understood find out how to assist me make a distinction. This can be a good second, because of him too.”

Leao didn’t play a lot on the wing in opposition to Slavia.

“It relies on the video games,” admitted the striker.

“Typically, I can keep on the wing; different instances, I have to play within the center. I’m 24, I perceive the sport higher. I’m in sync with Pulisic and Giroud. I don’t even want to take a look at them as a result of I already know the place they’re contained in the field.

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“Then there’s Theo behind me, who’s an additional weapon. Everybody’s serving to me be a greater participant, and Pioli leaves me calm by saying, ‘Enter the pitch and have enjoyable.’”

Is there any membership he needs to choose in Friday’s Europa League quarter-final draw?

“I don’t, however we all know we’ll face essential golf equipment,” Leao replied.

“The target is at all times the identical. We need to go so far as attainable within the competitors.”

How a lot ‘Milanista’ does he really feel?

“100%, apparent,” he admitted.

“I’m fortunate to have Ibra, a champion who’s been serving to me. He didn’t present me the qualities I had, however he made me perceive what Milan meant. He and Maldini made me perceive how large Milan are. As a child, I used to observe the Milan champions and when you’re right here, it’s one other story. I’m proud to play for this membership and I’m completely satisfied right here.”

Leao signed a contract extension on the Stadio Meazza till June 2028 final summer time and has a €175m clause included in his cope with the Rossoneri. The 24-year-old has scored 53 objectives in 198 appearances with the Serie A giants

 

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