Maldini reveals Berlusconi advised him to sign one player

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini reveals a recent conversation he had with Silvio Berlusconi regarding transfers.

Paolo Maldini was one of the main guest of the Festival of Sport. The AC Milan sporting director commented on a number of issues starting from the transfer market, contract renewals and former president Silvio Berlusconi. Maldini revealed that Berlusconi has advised him to sign a player.

Berlusconi called me lately to recommend a purchase of one player but I will never tell you which one… He often calls Pioli and the thing he most often advises is not to play too much with the goalkeeper, which we do. When Maignan makes a 80 meter pass and we score goals, he says ‘did you see it?’ “.

Next Paolo Maldini touched the delicate issue of Rafael Leao’s renewal. AC Milan want extend the contract of the 23-year-old Portuguese left winger but his situation is complicated. Nevertheless, the good news is that Leao wants to continue with the Rossoneri.

Leao has a difficult situation that derives from his transfer to Lille. This is affecting him a lot and has meant that our interlocutors have often changed (Leao is represent by both Jorge Mendes and a French lawyer that have very different ideas on the player).

But Rafa is grateful to us and I’m only interested in what he tells us. Rafa understands that his path in the coming years must be at Milan, he understands it and tells us. Then there will be a negotiation but we know that strong players must be paid for their value.”

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