Leonardo Downplays PSG Pursuit of Milan Duo and Defends His Side

PSG has long been considered the biggest threat to sign Franck Kessié in a Bosman move. The contract of the midfielder expires in June 2022. Milan are struggling to come to terms with him. The French club also eyed Theo Hernandez last summer, but the Rossoneri had no intention of selling him.

Leonardo addressed the rumors in a recent presser: “We have not opened talks with any player. There is nothing going on with Kessié or Hernandez.” PSG were reportedly ready to make an offer in January if Milan decided to cash in on the Ivorian international rather than lose him for nothing. Liverpool and Manchester United are after him as well.

The Rossoneri are currently negotiating an extension with Hernandez too. He is tied to the club until 2024, but he has a low €1.5M salary considering his performance. They offered him €3M plus add-ons, while the fullback asked for €4M, Yahoo reports.

On top of discussing the two potential targets, Leonardo hit back at the critics: “Even if we are not playing the way we want to, we are in first position both in Ligue 1 and in Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino was seen as a top-five coach before joining PSG. Now somebody thinks he does not know anything about football. We will take stock at the end of the season. We need time, like everybody. The top contenders in Europe have had six-year projects. It is normal to ask us to be successful right away, but I do not know if it will happen.”