GdS: Practicing with stones, Arsenal struggles and a big leap – Bennacer’s journey to Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Ismael Bennacer has become one of the key components of AC Milan’s project under Stefano Pioli, but his rise to prominence has not been a straight line.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport report, Bennacer has been linked with Lazio, Sampdoria and Manchester City in the past, but he chose to join Milan from Empoli where he has since become on of the crucial elements of Pioli’s team.

Born to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother, Bennacer has a French passport having been born and raised in the small town in the south of the country, in the Barriol district where he even played football with stones.

Despite the offer to become a professional when he was little more than a teenager with Sampdoria and Lazio knocking on the door, he chose to join Arsenal in 2015, although Manchester City did everything to tear him away from their rivals.

It was with the Gunners that Bennacer met Olivier Giroud, who became a friend, but he found opportunities tough to come by and thus decided to move to Tours in Ligue 2 on loan, before making the leap to Italy joining Empoli.

It was a choice that was not an easy one because Bennacer’s father feared that he would find it difficult in Italy but instead he established himself as one of the top talents in Serie B, attracting Milan’s attention.

Meanwhile, the player had already made his choice for the national team: not France, with whom he played 11 matches between the U18s and U19s, and not even Morocco. He chose Algeria who immediately offered him a place with the senior team.

The next move was the one to Milan, and the rest – as they say – is history.

Tags AC Milan Ismaël Bennacer


  1. Just an above average midfielder, not exceptional. Need to work on his set piece deliveries and long passes. Not irreplaceable, Sellable for 50millions.

  2. We need 5 quality signings next Mercato.

    – A solid center back next to Tomori
    – A solid or promising center midfielder to compete w. Tonali & Bennacer.
    – A 15+ goal attacker
    – A promising attacking center midfielder to compete w. CdK & Bennacer.
    – A RW with 7-12 goals and assists/season.

    CB – Guéhi (Crystal Pal. & English Nat. Team).
    CM – Loftus-Cheek
    Att. – Retegui
    CAM – Baldanzi
    RW – Ferran Torres & Strefezza






    1. To fullfill your desire ,need about 120m euro ++. Not gonna happen unless AC Milan sell leao or tomori . Ferran Torres alone already 50m euro and he is flop at barca

  3. Buy

    Guehi 30M
    Loftus 12M
    Retegui 12M
    Baldanzi 15M
    Ferran 35M
    Strefezza 12M

    Total 116M

    Rebic 12M
    Adli 10M
    Ballo-Touré 4M
    Origi 8M
    Gambia 8M
    Jr Messias 6M

    Total 48M

    Difference: 68M I think ww can handle a 70M mercato…

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