Serginho, who worked alongside agent Alessandro Lucci to bring Leo Duarte to Milan, talked about the center back.
Léo Duarte is a new Milan player (only the signature is missing) as he arrives from Flamengo on a five-year deal for €11m.
The negotiations for Duarte took place between the leadership of the Rossoneri, and the representatives of the player in Italy – Alessandro Lucci (the agent of Suso and Davide Calabria among many others), and Serginho. The former Milan left-back spoke to today’s edition of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport about the player.
“Why did I suggest Duarte? At 23, he already has great personality, he has 87 appearances at Flamengo, which is a very difficult squad,” he said. “He is aggressive, explosive, physical and technical. He is married and calm, even outside the field he respects the club’s philosophy.
“If he’s ready for Milan? He’s got everything to be. We Brazilians are more instinctive but he already has a sense of tactics and positioning. A period of adaption is normal but it’ll be easier for him. If he’ll be a first-tier defender at Milan? Two months ago we talked about him for the first time. [Milan head of scouting Geoffrey] Moncada came to Brazil and Duarte struck him.
“The consent of Paolo [Maldini], who is among the greatest ever in the role, is a decisive point. And then Giampaolo is a football profession, he can help him improve even more.”