CM: Reflections on De Ketelaere after forgettable debut season – meeting with agent planned

By Oliver Fisher -

Charles De Ketelaere has never really got going in his first season as an AC Milan player, which could well lead to reflections in view of the summer window.

As report, despite the constant public support from Stefano Pioli, the management, his team-mates and the Milan fans, De Ketelaere’s season seems to be fizzling out towards something rather forgettable.

Patience is important when such young players are signed given the period of adaptation needed after a move to a new club in a new country with new expectations, but there are those beginning to doubt his suitability to the rhythms of the game of Italian football.

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara maintain the strong belief that the Belgian is a talented player and that he can become a top player at Milan, but they are also aware that today the value of De Ketelaere is lower than the €35m paid last summer.

A meeting between Milan and De Ketelaere’s agents is expected at the end of the season to take stock of his first season with the Rossoneri.

All the difficulties encountered by the boy will be carefully evaluated and then a program for the future will be outlined. In recent days, enquiries have arrived regarding the former Club Brugge star and a loan cannot be ruled out.

A lot will depend on the 22-year-old’s will and his desire to return to being a protagonist, at Milan or elsewhere where he could get more playing time to grow.

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  1. Trade him with Rasmuss in atalanta are good option to solve striker problem. CDK cannot play as AMF or winger. His best position are false nine

      1. If atalanta dont want trade with rasmuss , then trade with scalvini that have equal value with CDK and cost 0 for atalanta ( from atalanta academy) . Our defender look awful with tomori & kjaer . Atalanta want CDK too . Unless AC Milan sack pioli , there is no future for CDK with AC Milan in 4231 formation

  2. It is totally wrong idea to say he is not Prepared why was he signed, was he Sea Porter when signing
    Team team.payed coast of scouting in many times and tiked him out to buy.

  3. Send him back to Belgium and inturn swap him Neo Long and the deffensive Midfielder
    Anf Playmaker

  4. Milan management cannot sign players a more that needs time to develop. We are now at a stage to challenge for titles and we need to recruit players from the top 5 leagues who can add immediate impact.

    Also, Milan need to carefully assess these players personalities. CDK is shy and timid. Nao Lang would have been a better option because he is bold, hungry for success and confident and that’s the type of players we need to sign.

    Loan him to Atalanta or another Serie A team but sending him back to a weak Belgian league is beyond ridiculous.

    1. “ Milan management cannot sign players a more that needs time to develop. We are now at a stage to challenge for titles and we need to recruit players from the top 5 leagues who can add immediate impact” – I agree, BUT that is NOT the mandate of this ownership. Investing in YOUNG players that need time to develop is what Redbird/Elliot want. This will not change unfortunately

  5. In as much as many of you has already written CDK off, I still believe he deserves another season. Leao wasn’t bright on his first season perhaps this is CDK’s first season in a club that is not below the top 5 league.

    1. There is no comparison in the 2 players or how their first seasons went.
      Nobody expected him to be a superstar right away but unfortunately he has shown absolute zero and also a weak mentality.
      I feel sorry for the lad. I hope his nightmare ends soon, whatever the solution

  6. Leeds and Atalanta still wants him so bad, and Massara have confident this player become world class player, Next question is what makes him have bad performance until now? Pioli or strategy Milan used?

    1. TBF, he was good for Club Brugge and also was showing promise in the Euro Qualifiers for Belgium. It’s just that Pioli is not that good of a manager to utilize him properly.

  7. Pioli’s the problem when CDK comes on and almost gifts a goal to the opposition with his first touch? Sell this kid asap. Please for the love of god sell.

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