Charles De Ketelaere, who proudly arrived at AC Milan this summer from FC Brugge, where he was to take on the role of number 10, had it all right. Recruited for around €32m excluding bonuses, the 21-year-old Belgium international (10 caps, 1 goal) is coming off a full season with Club Brugge, where he scored 18 goals and made 10 offers in 49 appearances for the Gazelles. Therefore, it is very promising that number 90 lands in Lombardy: “I spoke with Maldini and Massara. They told me that they believed in me and that they wanted me in Milan. I had conversations with them, even my agents had been in contact since the beginning of the year.
“When the transfer market starts there is always a bit of confusion, then I was able to speak with the Milan coaches and with Pioli. I really wanted to come here, it took me a while, but now I’m happy. I hope to help Milan return to great success: the club’s goals are mine for the coming seasons. continued at the time of its signature. However, some two months later, the first assessment still falls short of expectations and the young Belgian is looking for his place in the workforce. Currently fourth in Serie A, AC Milan are trending at the start of the season and are three points behind leaders Napoli. Instead, individually, it is more difficult for Charles De Ketelaere who struggles to find stability and alternates between the field and the bench.
Stefano Pioli defended him
Used 9 times in the League and 3 times in the Champions League, he has started 7 times for 5 tickets and has only been decisive once with an offer against Bologna on August 27. Quite low figures for a player used to standing out in the statistics. Against Chelsea last week in the Champions League, he even suffered the first reprimands from the Italian press. La Gazzetta dello Sport giving it a score of 4.5 and considering that you will have to react quickly or risk being demoted. Former glory of Chelsea and adviser to Amazon-PrimeGianfranco Zola was somewhat disappointed with his match against the Blues: “It was not his best game. The qualities are there, but he must become more present and sharper in attack. De Ketelaere must show his qualities and serve the team. He always had two opponents with him and he couldn’t get rid of them.”
This Saturday against Juventus during the Milanese victory (2-0), Charles De Ketelaere was once again singled out for a certain neutrality in his game and a still too slow adaptation to the Milanese style. At a press conference, Stefano Pioli defended him: “He is a player who is very talented and has enormous capabilities. He has a great future ahead of him and I am happy with what he has shown. He is on the right track. I remember the first year of Tonali or the arrival of Leao three years ago. Many people had questioned his qualities. Charles is exceptionally talented. You have to give him time to adapt and express himself as best as possible. Thanks to this, he will become more and more decisive. It’s no mystery to me.” Benefiting from the trust of his coach and from a successful team, Charles De Ketelaere knows that he still has a lot of work to do to integrate into the Rossoneri team. However, his potential and his qualities make AC Milan not worried yet. It’s up to him to really launch his Lombard adventure with a clash against Chelsea this Tuesday night.
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