Di Marzio: The full background on Kessie renewal negotiations and why a happy ending is unlikely

By Oliver Fisher -

Franck Kessie continues to ask for a huge salary which means that his days with AC Milan seem numbered at the moment, according to a report.

Gianluca Di Marzio recalls how Theo Hernández’s contractual extension has been officially confirmed after the likes of Matteo Gabbia, Davide Calabria, Alexis Saelemaekers and Simon Kjaer were earlier in the year with Leao and Bennacer to follow, but the Kessie case remains unsolved.

The Ivorian midfielder’s contract expires in June and an agreement never came despite promises to extend and public declarations of love for the club. Di Marzio rewinds to last summer when Milan had just achieved Champions League qualification and enthusiasm was high.

Maldini and Massara wasted no time and started the first contacts to extend Kessie’s contract and the player sent a clear signal during an interview at the Olympic Games that reassured the Rossoneri fans: “I have no intention of leave Milan, I want to stay forever. The fans must rest assured.”

Once the Olympics were over, the former Atalanta man and the Rossoneri management met to define the renewal but after other enquiries and discussions that never really got anywhere, cracks in the relationship began to show.

Milan and Kessié were unable to find an agreement on figures with an offer between €6-6.5m on the player while the player’s entourage were asking for €9m, which they still are now and it remains the major sticking point.

Kessie continues to ask for €9m+ while Milan will not move so the risk of losing him on a free transfer – as happened with Donnarumma and Calhanoglu – is becoming more and more concrete. The story between Kessié and Milan seems to have come to an end, and not a happy one.

Tags AC Milan Franck Kessie


  1. I feel sorry for the team that will pay Kessie this summer. Below average player. Basically a defender playing in the midfield. Horrible touch, no shooting ability, no technical ability, non existing passing ability. He will be available every game and he will run around pushing opposing players

  2. It’s crazy how last year he easily said he’s not gonna leave Milan and then now he wants to leave Milan because he’s asking for €8-9 million which he know Milan can’t afford that much.

    But eh Milan will be fine without him. Heck, i think Milan will be much better without him once we got Pobega, Adli, and Renato in the bench.

  3. He is leaving 100%, and I am happy. Would be happier if he left in January but I’ll live with watching that idiot for a couple more months.

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