Rafael Leao extended his contract on Friday until June 2028 with AC Milan, where the 23-year-old Portuguese striker has been playing since the summer of 2019.

The ex-winger of Sporting Lisbon, his training club, and Lille (2018-19) had only one year left on his contract and was one of the most coveted elements of the club after two good seasons, punctuated by the conquest of the scudetto in May 2022 and a place as a semi-finalist in the Champions League this season.

“AC Milan and Rafael are continuing their journey together”, announced the Lombard club on its website, without making public the financial conditions for the renewal of this contract which is accompanied by a strong increase in the player’s salary, according to the media. Italians.

The salary will thus go from a fixed base of 1.4 million euros per year to around 5 M EUR, to which bonuses will be added to reach a remuneration of around 6.5 M to 7 M EUR, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Milan club has also included a departure clause of some 175 M EUR, which can be exercised by a club wishing to acquire Leao during a summer window in July, also claims the Milan sports daily.

To obtain this extension of his Portuguese jewel, Milan had to wait for the settlement of a financial affair which had pursued the player since his departure from Sporting Portugal in 2018. Leao had left free for Lille but the Portuguese club had since obtained in court that be paid compensation in the order of EUR 20 million, including interest, by Losc and its ex-player.

According to several Italian and French media, an agreement was reached in May for the sum to be settled, largely by the French club. But Lille would have obtained that Milan then reimburse almost all of it, according to RMC.