The aftermath of finishing in fifth place is already here and Leonardo will leave the club after less than a year.
Leonardo joined the Elliott management at Milan on July 25 but his adventure as the director of sport of the Rossoneri will come to an end tomorrow.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio and others, following the failure to qualify for the Champions League, Leo will hand in his resignation on Tuesday, thus leaving his office at Casa Milan after less than a year on the job.
At the base of the separation lies the fact that Leonardo and CEO Ivan Gazidis have different views in regards to the sporting plan of the club. While Gazidis’ decision is to focus on a young team that can grow its value, the Brazilian maintains the thought that some reinforcements of experience are needed for the squad, a notion that has been echoed by current coach Gennaro Gattuso.
The Italian newspapers have mainly linked Lille’s Luis Campos as the possible replacement of Leonardo in recent weeks, but Di Marzio claims that the ex-Monaco director of sport will not join the leadership but instead be used as an external mercato consultant, working for both Milan and Lille.
Therefore, Milan will need to appoint a new director of sport. Di Marzio believes that the Diavolo are inclined to offer the role to Paolo Maldini, but the legendary defender is also considering his future and is oriented towards leaving the club along with Leonardo.
RadioRossonera’s Pietro Balzano Prota has confirmed the news that Leonardo will leave and added that Gattuso is also reflecting on his future and he could resign as well.