Milan, Leao: ‘I tried to bring Cancelo to the Rossoneri’

The Rossoneri number 10 revealed this in an interview with Fabrizio Romano for “He likes Milan and so I told him to come, but it would have been difficult because he was at Manchester City”. Among the topics addressed, also the advice received from Ibra: “he helped me in my mentality and concentration”


Rafa Leao he revealed that he tried to convince one of his compatriots to move to Milan. It’s about João Cancelo, currently playing for Barcelona: “I was in the national team and I was talking to him. He played for Inter and he told me that he likes Milan and that when he played derbies at the stadium he could hear the support. When he was little he really liked how team”, says the AC Milan number 10 in an interview with Fabrizio Romano for “At that time I told him to come, but he replied that it would be difficult because he was at Manchester City. It would have been perfect: the new era at Milan is based on young players with great talent and he is in the middle.”

“Ibra helped me with mentality and concentration”

The presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, first as a teammate and then within the club, has benefited the entire club. Leao included: “He helped me to be more concentrated in front of the goal, to shoot well”, he reveals, “It helped me with my mindset and concentration: he knew that if I was concentrated during the match I would make a huge difference.” And during the matches: “Sometimes I was nervous, but he wasn’t and he never stopped telling me to stay concentrated, to continue and that the goal would come” He concludes: “When you have a partner like him who tells you things like that it makes you feel at ease“.

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“I have to improve my finishing”

Il growth process of Leao is not yet finished; he is aware of this and is working to improve in many aspects, such as finalization: “I feel like an attacker, someone who has to finish: in those moments you have to stay cool and focused. I have to improve“.

“Milan has everything: history, stadium, fans, passion”

In conclusion, he talks about Milan: “It has everything. Stadium, fans, passion, the city. Everything, many things. When I arrived my first games weren’t up to my quality. I still felt the support. At first the coach [ndr. Giampaolo] he didn’t let me play, it was difficult for me. But I knew that when I arrived at Milan there were many good players. I was young, still thinking about staying focused, improving and learning every day, waiting for my chance. In my head I thought they knew what I could do, but I needed to do even more because Milan is a historic club, they have won a lot of Champions League titles and have had a lot of legendary players. I had to prove that I not only had talent, but also that I could play with passion.”


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