GdS: Origi to be left out of USA tour – Rebic and Ballo-Toure could stay home too

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan squad will depart for the United States on Friday and there is a chance that three senior players could be left in Italy, a report claims.

According to the latest from Luca Bianchin of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Divock Origi will not fly with Milan for the USA tour unless there is a surprise change in plans in the next 48 hours.

The Belgian forward has been heavily linked with a summer exit having had a very disappointing first year with Milan following his free transfer from Liverpool, scoring just twice.

It is possible that Ante Rebic and Fode Ballo-Touré will also remain at Milanello too because they do not seem to be a part of Stefano Pioli’s plans.

All three players could depart before the window closes, and being left out of the preseason trip might just force them to reflect on any plans they had to try and stay.

Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic Divock Origi Fode Ballo-Toure


  1. Feel that’s shooting ourselves in the foot if we don’t even try to get some value out of Origi – it doesn’t seem he has any character issues or falling outs and he wants to fight for his place – it would be churlish not to give him a proper pre season and a chance

    1. Yeah ,we dont have budget left too for buying striker if insist buy yunus & an RW player . Might as well using origi & colombo as giroud back up. For rebic ,he must out ,he have clash with pioli and have character issue ( hot temper )

      1. Yeah, so we’re obviously not signing another starting RW. It seems extremely like we’re switching to a 4-3-3, with Pulisic at RW. So therefore the RW market is closed (we brought in Romero too). Last major piece to probably come in after Musah is a striker. Then we’re done with our incoming market except perhaps a cheap replacement for Ballo-Toure or signings for the future like that 20 year old CB from Valencia.

    2. We could cut his contract short and that would be a gain. His wages are a problem not just for Milan but other teams. He’s simply not good enough.

      1. The problem is cutting his contract close need agreement between 2 party, the club and the player – and usually the club will also give compensation to the player when they cut the contract. Usually around 1 year contract.

  2. I feel that the last season further reinforce why he was never a starter and never scored more than 11 goals in a season rather than the case of a player who needs to adapt and it’s not like he didn’t get his chance with us. He also earns a lot of money and it’s not like he is young (28 y/o).

  3. I feel rebic has no place left at milan. Between being a hot head, poor games and injuries there’s nothing left. Ballo-toure unless he’s being sold and wants to leave I appreciate him. So hard to find someone who will not make a fuss for little play time and when he does come on he gives his all. For origi, it really was a brutal season but if he remains and gets motivated maybe there can be a turnaround.

  4. This could probably be the decision of the management and not specifically of Pioli to force individual players to leave! Origi and Rebic have quite high salaries that strain the budget. It’s a bit sad to see that we have to expel guys whom we applauded until yesterday, but that’s the reality in professional sports.

  5. These 3 players need to be offloaded by any means necessary.

    They are not good enough and we need the money from their sales to reinforce to the squad. The longer they take to leave the harder it will be for us to bring in a striker and a LB.

    Honestly speaking they should have sold immediately after the season ended. I’m disappointed that they are still with the team.

    This is reminding me of the situation with Castelijo. Hopefully we don’t take them on the preseason tours and sell them asap.

  6. I feel for Origi, but his salary really makes it difficult for the club to just have patience with him and let him try to redeem himself this season. Leaving him out is ruthless, and seems a bit cruel considering I don’t think Origi has been a bad apple in the dressing room, but it has to be done if Milan are going to maximize the efficiency of the project. Offloading his large salary could be the difference in having enough flexibility to make another addition that proves crucial.

  7. I’d be OK with Origi staying another year if he MASSIVELY cut his salary to like 1-2mil/year. Rebic though has no room for sure.

  8. Their value will go down if they don’t play and at the end of contract they will go to subpar club, so they better find club that can guaratee playing time imo

    1. How much lower can their value go?
      If we get 10 mil for the 3 of them combined, right now it would be a massive success.
      Getting rid of Origi and Rebic salaries is where the biggest value comes from

      1. Yes i’m talking from their POV, they better accept new club that can let them have regular playing time and not hopelessly devoted to the bench 😀

  9. Origi has at least 3 years left on his contract and Rebic has 2 years left. They wouldn’t mind sitting and collecting 4 and 3.5 mil for another 2,3 years.
    Pioli wasn’t even looking Bakayoko’s way for 2 years and he still refused to leave.
    No one is offering them the salaries( at least not in Europe) they are getting at Milan, which is the reason why they don’t want to leave.
    Same problem we had with Biglia, Castillejo, Caldara, Bakayoko, Ballo Toure and now Origi, Renic and Florenzi.

  10. Milan playing hardball with both. IF they want to play, they need to leave and go elsewhere. Don’t they want to play the sport they are professionals in?

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