Wednesday September 23 2020
Pioli expects 'convincing' Rafael Leao

Milan coach Stefano Pioli hopes to have Rafael Leao back ‘as soon as possible’ and said he expects ‘convincing evidence from him’ this season.

Leao has recently returned to the fold after having tested positive for COVID-19 and has missed pre-season training, but Pioli is optimistic the 21-year-old ‘can recover quickly’.

“I hope to have Leao back as soon as possible,” Pioli said at a press conference. “But it’s difficult to make predictions.

“He is young, so maybe he can recover quickly.”

The former Sporting CP youngster arrived from LOSC Lille for €23m ahead of 2019-20 and scored six goals in 33 games for the Rossoneri.

Pioli believes the centre-forward will step up his game this term and has faith in the Portugal Under-21 international to deliver for Milan.

“He has to put his qualities on the pitch, he has great qualities,” Pioli said. “He must play with the team and make a difference; he can do it.

“Last year was his first season in a different League. I expect convincing evidence from him."

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