Di Marzio comments on De Ketelaere’s resurgence and ‘very feasible’ option to buy

By Oliver Fisher -

Atalanta keep on rolling towards a top four spot and Charles De Ketelaere’s impressive form continues, meaning that he will almost certainly join them permanently.

De Ketelaere’s story has been well documented, but for those who need a reminder he joined in a deal worth around €35m from Club Brugge in the summer of 2022 but had a disappointing first season at Milan, failing to score a single goal.

The decision was made to send him out on loan to Atalanta for 2023-24 with an option to buy, and to say that he has rediscovered his confidence would be an understatement.

The Belgian has amassed 10 goals and seven assists for La Dea in 28 appearances across all competitions, leading to strong suggestions that they will be exercising that option to make the deal permanent.

After Atalanta’s 3-0 home win against Sassuolo last night, journalist Gianluca Di Marzio spoke about De Ketelaere during a segment for Sky, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.

“De Ketelaere seems to have found his dimension, Gasperini did a great job him. Atalanta are not new to these types of operations, they are fair figures and decided precisely for a very feasible permanent purchase at the end of the season.”


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  1. AC Milan signed him for 35million plus bonuses, and now we are going to sell him for 23million plus bonuses, and after a year or two they will sell him for between 75-80million just as they did with Hojlund. What is wrong with AC Milan?

  2. There’s 7 of our former players playing for our direct rivals in the top 4!

    The Turkish mercenary
    De Sciglio

    Only one of those players is a dirty filthy mercenary.

    If they play for our direct rivals then by definition they would’ve been good enough for us.

    We could’ve settled on positions years ago.

    Darmian could’ve been playing for Milan for the past 15 years.

    Acerbi could’ve solved our CB problem a decade ago.

    Locatelli a midfield problem half a decade ago.

    And now they play for our direct rivals.

    It’s absolutely infuriating. We’ve wasted so much time, money, effort, memories, love and joy seeing a conveyor belt of players and we have one Scudetto to show for it.

    That Locatelli volley v Sassuolo doesn’t belong to us. He took it with him.

    1. Besides Hakan Calhanoglu, you named players who are average, bellow average or in the case of De Sciglio, poor players.
      Locatelli, Acerbi or Darmian wouldn’t solved any problems.
      Darmian is nothing but a career backup.
      Acerbi can only play in 3 men defense, Kjaer has always been a better player than him. Plus Milan problems in defense is health, not quality.
      Locatelli hasn’t done much since that volley vs Sassuolo, just like Paloschi.
      Pasalic was at Milan on loan.
      When it comes to CDK , thank your guy Pioli for him playing for a “direct rival”.
      And if you going call Calhanoglu mercenary, what do you call Tonali then?

  3. And there’re a hole lot of clowns who want Maignan to go because of his salary demands, who want Leao to go because of his current form forgetting his past seasons, who wanted CDK to go and now they are crying like fools they all are, next will be Theo Hernandez when he start demanding an upgrade to his current wages an on and on we go.

  4. everyone is available in right price,
    get bargain replacement (even mediocre) then overhype them,
    there always be new stars but no core players,
    marketing & profit oriented, glory of champions is fall behind,
    it’s not wrong, it’s just not Milan that i know

  5. Again with the CDK story lines…..

    Anyone wanna bet that after Atalanta sell him on to the PL he won’t recreate his form?

    Any takers on what the transfer fee will be? (We get 10%). I’m guessing around 60mil.

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