Friday, 30 April 2010

Leonardo hints at Milan exit

AC Milan coach Leonardo has strongly hinted he will leave the club at the end of the season.

LeonardoThere has been speculation for several weeks that Leonardo, in his first season in charge at San Siro, would return home to Brazil and reports in the Italian media claim club owner Silvio Berlusconi is looking for a new coach.

Berlusconi was reported to have told Corriere dello Sport: "Yes he will leave, we are working on a new coach.

"The new coach? There are talks in place with others. Leonardo has been too tough headed and the team has played badly this season."

Leonardo has admitted today he has a difficult relationship with his boss and said: "I don't know what Berlusconi has said. But regardless of this, I cannot deny that our rapport is difficult. We are very different, perhaps incompatible.

"But the important thing is the three games we have remaining in Serie A and I want to do well. I want to end the season in the best possible way because we deserve it.

"I have not spoken about the future with anyone; not with Flamengo, nor the national team or the organising committee of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"No-one has proposed anything to me and I am only thinking about our final three games."

Leonardo, who is under contract for a further year, has received praise since replacing Carlo Ancelotti last summer despite Milan being set to finish the campaign empty handed.

The Rossoneri were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Udinese earlier this year and suffered a heavy 7-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.

Milan had opportunities earlier this month to leapfrog city rivals Inter into first place in the Scudetto race but failed to take advantage of them and have seen Roma go above them.

Milan, who welcome Fiorentina on Saturday, have won just one of their last seven league games and lie third in Serie A, only four points above in-form Sampdoria who threaten to steal the third automatic Champions League spot.

Source: Sporting Life

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