Pacey Portuguese winger sends transfer message to Chelsea as summer window looms

AC Milan winger, Rafael Leao has told Chelsea and every other football club that is rumoured to be interested in his services that he’s not ready to leave the Italian giants just yet because he believes his future lies with the Rossoneri.

Leao, in his fifth season with Milan, has been as impactful as ever, racking up an impressive four goals and seven assists for them in the Serie A alone this term.

His consistency has drawn the attention of European heavyweights like Chelsea, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain, who reports claim may try to lure him away from Italy this summer.

Leao is however, contracted to Milan until 2028, with his buyout clause said to be standing at a staggering £150m. But even if one of the player’s suitors were willing to pay the fee in full, the Portuguese star has stated that he’s not keen on leaving Milan as he considers the city his home.

“It’s my home. I like everything. Shopping, fashion and even the weather because it’s similar to Portugal,” he told Italy’s Il Corriere della Sera.

“If you think it’s cold, try to go to Lille! And then food, I like everything about Italian cuisine. Pasta, risotto, fish…

“My future is at Milan, I am here and I have four years left [on my contract].

“Milan helped me when I was in a very difficult situation and they supported me. I won’t forget. I am loyal.

“I was a kid when I arrived and I’ve grown up as a man and as a footballer. I want to win again, my head is here.”

On what motivates his game, Rafael Leao added: “I love great goals, of course I’d like to score more, but I also make assists, I am a complete player.

“Today’s football is only about stats and I don’t like it. Football is magic and joy. People who only think about numbers make me angry.

“People must be entertained so that I can have fun too. I am a fan of aesthetics and beauty. In football, fashion, music and love.”

“Critics always motivate me. Sometimes I get angry, but only if it’s not constructive,” he continued.

“I am sorry when they are done just to taunt me. Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Does this guy knows anything about football?’, and these things make me stronger anyway, I know where I can get.”