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Milan Exec Confirms Previous Chelsea Bid to Sign Leao

Chelsea made a late bid to sign Rafael Leao, but Milan quickly rejected it. They are now focusing on extending his contract, as negotiations have been going on for a while. Director Paolo Maldini supported the hype for Sports Before beating Dinamo Zagreb.

“He knows he has to stay with us until he gets stronger. We started tackling this issue a few months ago. We are a young team on the rise. He still has a lot to learn. Then, if he reaches a level higher than us, he will naturally fly. We aim. to achieve great things and improve with him. We received an unofficial offer from the Blues, not a written offer. Naturally, it was turned down.”

according to Gazzetta dello sportChelsea had proposed €80/90m for Leao, but it was too late, and Milan were no longer interested in Hakim Ziyech at that point. Moreover, their rating was higher. The legendary defender also spoke Sky Sports.

We have started discussing the new contracts of Rafa, Ismael Bennacer and Pierre Kalulu. Negotiations can be easy or complex: their intentions play a major role, because the club is ready to make a deal.”

Maldini expects a larger budget after the change of ownership.

We will not spend more than we can afford, but we will have more resources to invest because profits will increase. Then obviously we need more to compete for the Champions League. Almost all the teams that made it past the group stage last season had higher returns than us.”

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