Maldini Very Optimistic on Bennacer and Leao Renewals

Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini announced that Ismael Bennacer will extend his contract very soon and that they are making progress in the negotiation with Rafael Leao talking to SportMediaset before Wednesday’s stunning loss to Torino in the Coppa Italia Round of 16.

“We have to be financially sustainable because we have given ourselves a clear direction. I believe we should be an example for Italian football. We are competitive and we are the reigning champions. We will not make big investments during the January window. Actually, we might not do anything.”

The Rossoneri reportedly tried to add another goalkeeper.

“There won’t be a new addition. Mike Maignan will return, and we trust Ciprian Tatarusanu, who played some good games. We have Antonio Mirante and signed Devis Vasquez. There are no more deals on the horizon.”

Maldini was confident about the talks with Bennacer and Leao.

“It’s the decisive week for the former. I think we will announce it in the next 24/36 hours. As for the latter, the situation is clear. We are in touch, we are doing videoconferences, and we don’t necessarily need to meet in person. We will try to find a solution. It seems that both parties want it, and we are looking to finalize. We have been trying to do that in the last year and a half, then many things happened. We are willing, and it appears that he is too. Most of our foundational players that we acquired in 2019 have prologed their contracts. Who wanted to do it eventually did it.”

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