Brahim Díaz leaves Milan and returns to Real Madrid after 3 years, Leão to wear the #10 jersey next season

Brahim Díaz and Rafael Leão celebrating during Milan-Tottenham at Stadio San Siro on February 14, 2023. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It has now been confirmed: Brahim will return to Real Madrid, and his vacated jersey will most likely be taken by Rafael Leão.

Brahim first joined Milan in the summer of 2020 on loan from Real Madrid and went on to complete 3 full seasons in Red and Black (all on loan).

The Spaniard worked his way through the starting XI of coach Stefano Pioli, playing both as a trequartista and on the wings, showing his qualities in the Milan that won the Scudetto in 2021/22 and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2022/23.

His performances for Milan, which certainly had their ups and downs, caught the eyes of Real Madrid directors and Los Blancos decided to keep the player in their books for next season.

Brahim Díaz (Málaga, 03/08/1999) is back at Real Madrid,” a statement on the website of Real reads on Saturday. “The 23-year-old forward returns to our club after three seasons at Milan, where he clinched the Scudetto in the 2021/22 campaign and reached the semi-finals of the last season’s Champions League.

“Brahim signed for Real Madrid in January 2019 from Manchester City, and won LaLiga in 2019/20 and the Spanish Super Cup 2020. In September 2020 he was loaned to AC Milan, where he excelled in the last three seasons, scoring 18 goals in all competitions.”

Brahim Díaz saying goodbye to San Siro during Milan-Hellas Verona on June 4, 2023. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Right after the announcement of Real, news broke that Rafael Leão, Milan’s best player over the last few years, has decided to take Brahim’s vacated number and starting from next season he will be wearing the #10 jersey. As reported by’s Antonio Vitiello, Rafa also evaluated taking #7 (currently owned by Yacine Adli) but in the end he will go for the #10.

In 3 seasons with the club, Brahim played 124 games in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and winning a Scudetto. The 23-year-old will be presented to the press in Madrid on Tuesday.

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Calm down

Replace Diaz with Baldanzi and get Pulisic Kamada Okafor/Thuram to complete the attack. Get rid of Rebic Messiah and Origi


“I did not expect Maldini’s departure,” Savicevic told Sky Sport Italia.
“Milan won the Scudetto last season when nobody expected that. I don’t know what happened since then.
“In the United States, they experience sport in a different way to us. Americans don’t understand football, they don’t realize it’s not like the NBA.”


Take a look at UCL Final and remember, Cardinale could’ve added backup in January but he decided to fire Maldini. #CardinaleOut we got Messias playing a Semi, Thiaw playing CB. You get what you pay.


my rossonero heart can’t take another blow.. Inter, MM, now our presi. What a character, a guy with personality, a guy who said screw what’s politically correct, I’ll do things my way.