There is no questioning how important Franck Kessie has become for AC Milan but now the club must look to resolve his long-term future.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes, Milan absolutely cannot do without Kessie, the ‘President’ by nickname but also in action on the field; a two-dimensional midfielder with few players his equal in Italy and abroad.
Despite his veteran experience, Kessie is a 24-year-old player who has just hit his peak and has a whole career ahead of him. When Gennaro Gattuso was head coach the Ivorian had many high-level games, alternating however with less brilliant periods. Since Pioli has been at Milan he has gone up a gear and his performances across the 33 league matches have been mostly fantastic.
Kessie is a top player and his salary now needs to match that, something his agent Atangana is well aware of this, having been engaged for some time in negotiations with the Rossoneri over the renewal of his client’s contract, expiring in 2022.
Kessie expects more than double the €2.2m net currently received, but Milan do not want to exceed €4m. The parties will meet again to talk about it at the end of the season as haste never helps to close good deals, but stalling too much would be a mistake, as Donnarumma and Calhanoglu show.