Léo Duarte is now officially a Milan player, signing a five-year contract after joining from Flamengo.
After announcing the signings of Theo Hernández, Rade Krunić, Rafael Leão and Ismaël Bennacer, the Rossoneri have today made it official that Leo Duarte will be wearing red and black next year.
Duarte, 23, is arriving in Milan after four top seasons with the first team of Flamengo and he was even the captain of their Youth Team when they won the 2016 Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior.
“Milan (the Club) is delighted to announce that the Club has reached an agreement with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo for the acquisition of Brazilian defender, Leonardo Campos Duarte da Silva,” a statement reads. “The 23-year old center-back joins the Club on a five-year agreement.
“Born in Mococa (Brazil) on July 17, 1996, Léo Duarte began his youth career with Desportivo Brasil before joining Flamengo’s youth team in 2014. In 2016 he makes his senior début with Flamengo’s First Team with whom he wins two Campeonatos Carioca in 2017 and 2019 and one Taça Rio in 2019. Léo Duarte will be the 36th Brazilian footballer to wear the Rossoneri jersey thus continuing ‘the Green and Yellow’ long tradition that is part of the history of Milan.”
It is believed that Milan agreed to pay €10-11m for Duarte. It is still unclear whether the club sees him as the starting center back for the season or as a back-up to fill the void left by Cristian Zapata.