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AC Milan chief Maldini fires Leao message to Real Madrid

AC Milan chief Paolo Maldini says Rafael Leao is not for sale.

The striker has been linked with Real Madrid.

“Of course he is not for sale," insisted Maldini. “He is still a rough diamond who from one year to the next has already improved so much. We signed him from Lille for €24m and immediately put a €150m release clause on him, because we believed so much in this player.

“He was always potentially a great champion, but he needs to continue this growth process that he is only part-way through. He is extremely intelligent, but needed to be helped along the way and I spoke to him a lot.

“Clearly, if in future Milan are not at the level of Leao or if Leao is not at the level of Milan, things could change. But at this moment, the growth is exponential for both the club and the player."


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