Gian Piero Gasperini has once again shared his thoughts on Charles De Ketelaere and why he pushed Atalanta to loan the Belgian from Milan this summer. For him, the youngster was always a striker.
Milan and Atalanta reached an agreement for the loan of the former Club Brugge man with the following formula: €3m paid loan, €22-23m buy-out, €4m in bonuses and a 10% future resale clause. In addition to that, the Bergamo club will cover his salary for this season
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by MilanNews, Atalanta manager Gasperini shared his thoughts on De Ketelaere. He also explained why he has started playing him as a striker rather than a No.10.
Was there a particular match that made you want him?
“No, there wasn’t a particular match that made me bet on him, there were some characteristics that I was convinced I could work on. Charles was already highly regarded. An easy bet.”
Did you immediately see him as a striker?
“Yes, because he is rewarded above all by the things he does in attack. It’s the nature that dictates the role. However, it must be said that Charles works a lot. I didn’t think he ran so much.”
Milan will make a small capital gain att the end of the loan, should Atalanta decide to redeem him, and under the circumstances, this must be considered good business. In any case, there’s still a lot left of the season.