Charles De Ketelaere has claimed that his loan move to Atalanta is the ‘right opportunity at the right time’ for him and his career.
On their official website, Milan confirmed earlier this week that De Ketelaere has joined Atalanta on a season-long loan. The Nerazzurri have an option to buy in their favour too, so they can make the deal permanent.
After signing with Atalanta, De Ketelaere was unveiled officially as a new signing and he shared a few words about why he chose La Dea over some of the other teams that were supposedly interested in him.
“I chose Atalanta because it’s the right opportunity at the right time, also for the way they play. Atalanta had been following me since my time in Belgium,” he said (via Radio Rossonera).
“My impression as an opponent in the Milan shirt was that of a team with a lot of energy and quality, they finished fifth and therefore they’re a very strong team.
“The perfect environment for me. I also spoke to Gasperini, he said he was happy with my arrival and I’m happy too. I think the future is beautiful.
“I really like working but also spending time with family, friends and team-mates. I’m happy to start playing, I’m also happy for the fans who waited for me. I’m happy, see you soon, come on Atalanta.”
Gianluca Di Marzio reported that La Dea will pay around €3m for the loan deal to Milan and the option to buy is set at €22m plus €4m in bonuses. Furthermore, the Rossoneri will receive a percentage of the amount from any future resale, set at around 10%.