Albertini insists Kessie’s approach has been ‘harmful for everyone’ but urges fans not to jeer him

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini has urged fans of the club not to boo Franck Kessie as they did during Sunday’s win over Sampdoria.

Kessie was jeered and whistled when the teams were read out at San Siro ahead of the cup quarter-final clash against Lazio last midweek, but after a solid performance and a goal those boos turned to applause at full time, especially considering that when he scored he celebrated underneath the Curva.

However, the Ivorian’s name was jeered again before the game and when he come on during the win over Samp, with the Curva displaying a banner reading: “Those who love Milan prove it with facts. Best regards to those who are dissatisfied.”

Albertini spoke during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) about a number of topics related to the 25-year-old including his apparent decision to leave the Rossoneri and the reaction of fans.

“The story of Lorenzo Insigne has taught us that. He communicated his choice for the future, but he will continue to play for Napoli with the same attachment to the shirt and the same professionalism until in the end,” he began.

“It is difficult to put myself in Franck’s shoes. I grew up with Milan, I have a different sense of belonging, probably. But Kessié was still an important player for Stefano Pioli’s team. Judging is useless: I think however that clarity is the concept to keep in mind in this type of situation.

“When a player takes the field it is right to put him in a position to express himself in the best possible way. Let’s say that booing him at this moment is out of place and is not good for Milan, as well as not doing good to the player. He wears the Milan shirt, so it’s right to support him.

On the idea that he was too far away to hear: “I disagree. The whistles are heard, all right, and they are not pleased. It is clear that the fans boo him because they are sorry about a possible farewell. I do not know how to judge the story from other points of view because I do not know the conditions – everyone is free to make the choices they want in their career, but officially communicating them would be more respectful.”

On the idea that by communicating his intentions, Kessié would make Milan’s market choices easier: “Without a doubt, the managers must have time to move to find an adequate solution. This is why I say that extending the time frame and not announcing the decision, whatever it is, it’s harmful for everyone. For Kessié himself, not just for Milan.”

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  1. Wise words, be a man and say hey guys I am leaving at the end of season or even set a condition, if you pay me 8 I will stay and if you don’t I am leaving…
    With ir without him, we will do fine.

    1. Exactly, all we want is honesty from players, anyone is free to leave as no one is bigger than the club, but we don’t want them to say they are staying when they know they are looking elsewhere for a better offer, especially when they are looking to cut the club out of a transfer fee to get a better deal for themselves. Some act like men, others like snakes

  2. Albertini is correct that it wont be of any help to jeer him but on the other hand kessie has behaved like a complete bastard towards the entire club and fans by saying that there wasnt any issues in his renewal and that he would renew his contract quickly when he came home from the olympics. He pretty much dug his own grave by not following through on that remark and regardless of him still being with us doesnt change the fact that a large ammount of people only has contempt left towards him. In good right as well.
    If he had said he would like a new adventure and sold in the summer then i and propably many other people wouldnt be as angry as we are now. The fact that he leaves isnt the problem but the complete lack of respect towards us all. Ill add to that id actually prefer us getting a better player in renato sanches than keep kessie but he has held us all for fools which clearly gives the fans the right to mess with his choice. Shouldnt happen during matches but if he leaves the pitch then he shouldnt expect anything less than jeers from the entire stadium.
    Personally i kinda hope karma bites him in the ass in the final match of the season and he ends up with a long term injury, then let us see how greedy he can afford to be in such situation when clubs will not stand in line to aquirre him.

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