Mon 02 January 2023 | 15:36

Milan legend Inzaghi warns Leao off Man City and Real Madrid moves

The 23-year-old striker has attracted a lot of attention from elite European clubs thanks to his stellar performances with Milan. However, the former Milan striker advises the Portuguese to stay with Milan and become a legend of the Italian club.

The former Rossoneri striker,

Filippo Inzaghi,

who is now the head coach of Serie B’s Reggina, discussed Stefano Pioli's squad talking to

Corriere della Sera

. He said:

“Milan have a great coach like Pioli and top directors like Maldini and Massara, they know well what to do.

“Clearly Napoli has traveled at double speed, but I am convinced that the Rossoneri have everything to try to recover for the Scudetto and to go ahead in the Champions League, to experience those nights that the fans know well.

“De Ketelaere? He is strong, but he is young and should be waited for, as was done for Leao. He can become a protagonist, he has quality. You have to take pressure off him.”

“Compared to other countries, we have lost the street football, the oratory. I am already teaching it to my son, I take him to play in all places.

“Last year I was on holiday and in a square I read a sign, no playing football. Less PlayStation and more playground. Only there do you hone certain qualities that you never lose again.”

Rafael Leao

has only 18 months left on his current contract. Manchester City and Real Madrid have been linked with a move for the Portuguese. However, the former Italy international advised Leao against a move away from


. He added:

“If I were him, I would stay. For me, Milan has always been the best. To wear that shirt, to play at San Siro.

“A few years ago, maybe you could think about aspiring to something more prestigious, because Milan was becoming great again, but now they won the Scudetto, they make their way in the Champions League.

“Leao is strong, but he can be even stronger. I hope he will be convinced. Here he can be a protagonist, at the centre of the project.

“The risk is that at City or Real he will then end up being one of many. If I could give him a piece of advice, I would tell him to become a flagbearer for Milan, something unique.”



’s situation at Inter, Inzaghi added:

“I too would have taken him back, but it’s clear that not playing for long he has to recover his condition. The problem was mainly the injuries, which slowed him down.

“But after the break we will see the best Romelu again. So will Lautaro. He will be tired, but he will be even more charged up after winning the World Cup, winning helps to win.”

Asked about the best forward in Italy,



“In Italy without a doubt Immobile, the most complete. In the world, I say Mbappé and Haaland: unreachable.

“Among the young Italians, I really like Raspadori, although he is more of a second striker. He reminds me of Aguero as characteristics. I also like his face, he looks serious and clean to me.”



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source: Corriere della Sera

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