Rafael Leao has not scored for more than a month and the Portuguese star is ‘feeling the pressure’ after a recent contract extension, while his circle offers another cause for concern.
Leao has scored three goals in 13 appearances in all competitions this season and the last time he found the net was 40 days ago, in a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona.
La Gazzetta dello Sport has analyzed Leao’s ‘Autumn Crisis’, saying the Portuguese star is ‘feeling pressure’ after signing a contract extension a few months ago.
The Portuguese is on a €7m-a-year deal at the San Siro plus bonuses, so Milan will invest €45m until 2028 in the 24-year-old, provided he stays until the end of his contract.
Leao has become Milan’s highest-paid player and their new number 10, so he has to cope with expectations that have never been higher in his career.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, another worrying issue comes from the striker’s circle.
Ted Dimvula, a French lawyer and close friend of Leao’s father Antonio, has signed a contract to represent the Milan star, valid until February 2024, but Jorge Mendes remains in the frame and is pushing to take over from next year.
According to the Italian medium, this situation is also affecting Lea on the field, so the attacker has not been able to fulfill the expectations so far this season.
The Portuguese striker looked nervous when he was substituted in the second half of the Serie A match against Napoli on Sunday, but is said to have clarified with coach Stefano Pioli after the game.