CorSport: From Empoli talents to key Milan cogs – Maldini wants to reward midfield duo

By Oliver Fisher -

Two players made their way from Empoli to AC Milan three years ago and the management want to ensure they stay for a while longer, a report claims.

As reported by Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), Milan are working to extend the contract of Ismael Bennacer who has by now become a key pillar of the project and Stefano Pioli’s tactical mechanisms.

The Algeria international has ended up in the crosshairs of some top European clubs and Milan do not want to lose a player with unique qualities within the squad.

The next player to sign a new contract with the Rossoneri should be Rade Krunic. He was a team-mate of Bennacer’s at Empoli and followed him to Milan, and Paolo Maldini knows that he too is a player Pioli values.

The technical and tactical improvement of the Bosnian in the last year has been exponential, always responding when called upon in difficult moments in a variety of positions.

Tags AC Milan Ismaël Bennacer Rade Krunic


  1. Food for thought, last year when we won Serie A, Krunic played more minutes and was a starter more games than Bennacer.
    If Bennacer is asking for more than double the salary to stay, how much should Krunic ask to renew??

    In both games we played against Porto, which might have cost us the qualification, the only goals Porto scored were made after Bennacer lost possession.

    1. I remember the one goal which is clearly a foul on Bennacer.
      Salaries are not decided by the playing time, it depends on the value he has in the market and abilities/quality.
      You should be foolish enough to compare Krunic and Bennacer.
      M&M knows better than you, please shut up.
      I like Krunic who can play as CF, winger, amf, dmf but the defensive qualities of Bennacer are unique. You cannot find a player like him easily anytime.
      For example florenzi can play multiple positions like Krunic but no other player in Milan can play like Bennacer. Also remember the words said by Mr.Pioli during season 2022-23 first press meet, Bennacer is crucial this year

    1. Bennacer and traore are under 21 when Empoli relegated, not in peak years of their life. Maybe you haven’t seen the first year of Bennacer in Milan, Bennacer is frequent yellow card player who makes the fouls easily. He improved a lot from the next 2seasons, that’s why Pioli said Bennacer is important this season in Milan

  2. Krunic is a “key cog “? Hahaha
    Give me a break! He is a roleplayer.

    Bennacer had injury and covid issue’s last season. He has arguably been Milan’s most important midfielder the past 3 year’s.

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