Rafael Leao: Chelsea target's father offers update on AC Milan future

Tom Gott
Leao's father has offered an update
Leao's father has offered an update / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

The father of AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has confirmed they are 'taking care of everything' as the Portugal international continues to attract interest from Chelsea.

90min understands that AC Milan's attempts to extend Leao's contract, which includes offering to make him the highest-paid player in Serie A, are yet to yield any results, sparking optimism at Stamford Bridge that Chelsea will be able to strike a deal in 2023.

Asked by Record whether Leao will renew his Milan contract or leave to join Chelsea, father Antonio offered up the cryptic response: "We're working on it.

"We are negotiating, because Rafael Leao has a contract that expires in 2024," he continued. "Until that date, we are negotiating on everything. We will take care of everything, without Chelsea, without Real Madrid, without Barcelona."

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders & Toby Cudworth to look back on Korea/Japan '02 as part of the 'Our World Cups' series. We take a trip down memory lane - join us!

The senior Leao went on to hint that the 23-year-old could choose to stay in Serie A given his love for Italy.

“He loves being in Italy," he said. "He has a predilection for Italians, the one the Portuguese do not have for him.

"He won the award for best player of the last Serie A not because he was beautiful, but simply…because he is the best.”

Leao has long been one of Chelsea's top attacking targets, with the Blues looking to lure him to Stamford Bridge in a new-look forward line that could also include RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku.