Leeds United have moved a step closer to signing AC Milan youngster Zan Benedicic on loan after he confirmed the move to an Italian newspaper, according to Sky Sports

Benedicic has returned early from AC Milan’s pre-season training camp in the US to sort out a deal with the Yorkshire club.  The 18-year-old play maker has yet to break into Milan’s first team but is held in high regard after impressing for Milan’s under 19s.

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Benedicic told Il Calciofilo: “We are waiting for all the documents and the last confirmations, then I will sign. I am one step away from becoming a Leeds player. This opportunity is very good to me. 

“They wanted me intensely and I have always liked English football. My first goal? To achieve a place in the starting XI.” 

The move is set to go through later this week despite Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi earlier rejecting the possibility of a loan move for Benedicic.

Benedicic would become Leeds’ fifth summer signing, following Stuart Taylor, Marco Silvestri, Tommaso Bianchi, Souleymane Doukara and Gaetano Berardi to Elland Road.

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