AC Milan chief confirms contract talks with trio of star performers

The Rossoneri are hard at work in an effort to tie the core members of Stefano Pioli’s ranks down for the long-term.

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has, on Thursday, provided an insight into the futures of three members of the club’s first-team setup.

The players in question? Ismael Bennacer, Pierre Kalulu and Rafael Leao.

Those of a Milan persuasion will of course be fully aware of the importance of all three of the aforementioned stars.

Alongside Mike Maignan, Fikayo Tomori and Sandro Tonali, stopper Kalulu and midfield general Bennacer represent the spine of Stefano Pioli’s Scudetto-winning side.

Leao, meanwhile, is the reigning Serie A Player of the Year, acting as Milan’s leading creative source from his berth on the left flank.

Those of a Rossoneri persuasion, in turn, will no doubt be overjoyed to hear of efforts being kicked into gear to lock all three down to fresh terms.

Speaking in an interview with Sky on Thursday evening, club icon Paolo Maldini, who now acts as a director at the San Siro, confirmed:

“We’re now in talks to extend the contracts of Ismael Bennacer, Pierre Kalulu and Rafa Leão. We want them to stay, it’s also up to the players”.

Maldini also went on to reveal that the Diavolo opted to knock back a verbal proposal for Leao over the summer, courtesy of Premier League giants Chelsea.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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