AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has reportedly been told that he has the remaining 11 games of the Serie A season to secure his future at the club, as noted by Milan Live.
The 21-year-old has so far endured a testing season with the Rossoneri. At Lecce on Monday night, he capped an impressive 4-1 win for his side – only his third Serie A goal of the season since signing from Lille last summer.
But despite the youngster being contracted to the club until 2024, it is understood that Leao has been told he must prove his worth during the season’s run-in, or face an untimely summer exit.
It comes not long after Stefano Pioli publicly insisted that he wants to see more from the Portuguese youngster, as noted by MilanNews, and that was a message that he reiterated even after the win over Lecce, despite Leao’s late goal.
He could then be at risk of bidding farewell it seems unless he can find some consistency in the coming weeks, with Milan’s 4-1 win at Lecce arguably their best attacking performance under Pioli.
Milan have struggled somewhat for goals this season though – the Lecce win took their goals tally to just 32 in 27 Serie A games this season – so getting rid of strikers could be a mistake.
Leao though has undoubtedly struggled, and he’ll need to put in some impressive performances to warrant a place in next season’s squad.