CM: Renewal becomes the focus as Kjaer returns – the truth about captaincy rumours

By Oliver Fisher -

After an unforgettable campaign at the European Championships, Simon Kjaer is back at Milanello ready to prepare for the new season ahead.

As reports, the central defender has returned to Italy to begin training with Milan as he will continue to be a leader on and off the field for Stefano Pioli’s young squad in what is a crucial season for the club given it marks a return to the Champions League.

Then there is the issue of his contract which must be resolved, but the intentions of the club and Kjaer are mutual: they want to move forward together beyond the current contract deadline of June 2022. After resolving the Franck Kessie situation, Maldini and Massara will speak with Mikkel Beck about the Dane and while a one-year extension is the idea at the moment, a two-year extension cannot be excluded.

Milan’s confidence in the player is at a maximum, given his performances and his physical condition, as well as the belief that he is fundamental beyond the mere technical aspect. There have been rumours that the 32-year-old could take the armband off Alessio Romagnoli, but these seem unfounded at present.

Romagnoli gave good indications against Nice on Saturday and looks set to remain, but given his contract is expiring in 2022 nothing can be excluded. If he were to leave, then Kjaer would be near the top of the list of candidates to take the captaincy, along with Calabria and Kessie.

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