Journalist urges Milan not to make the ‘mistake’ of letting De Ketelaere leave

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have been urged to give Charles De Ketelaere a second season to show his real qualities by journalist Michele Plastino.

Milan have been very active in the summer transfer window so far, signing the likes of Marco Sportiello, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Luka Romero, Christian Pulisic and Tijjani Reijnders after the sale of Sandro Tonali.

However, one of the situations they must resolve ahead of the upcoming season is related to De Ketelaere. Speaking of the 2023-24 campaign, if you’re feeling lucky like Milan hope to be then you should try the highest payout online casino.

The Belgian had a disappointing first campaign with the Rossoneri as he failed to score in over 40 appearances (13 starts) and had just one assist, but there has been talk of interest from four clubs who will play in European competitions next season.

There are also doubts about where the former Club Brugge star might fit into Stefano Pioli’s plans given that the head coach is heavily rumoured to be switching to a 4-3-3 system that would not foresee the use of a natural playmaker.

MilanNews spoke exclusively about De Ketelaere and other issues related to the club with Michele Plastino, the director of Radio Sportiva.

What do you think of the possible sale of De Ketelaere by Milan?

“I don’t like the idea. He is a very young boy, with talent, who can and should have the opportunity to prove his worth. Giving him away would, in my opinion, be a mistake.”

In your opinion, are Milan concretely veering towards a 4-3-3 formation?

“I’ve always thought it was the most congenial module for Milan. Consider that Pioli has always followed this path and that, during the game, the 4-2-3-1 often became a hybrid 4-3-3. Even at Lazio, he often followed this tactical path.”

Who would be the best centre-forward for Milan?

“I don’t want to do fantasy, because I don’t like it. But certainly a centre-forward who finds his best possible expression in the 4-3-3.”

What should the Rossoneri’s targets for the season be?

“The Scudetto without a shadow of a doubt. In terms of the Champions League, however, I think it’s like a lottery: it depends on the draws and how the individual matches go.”

Milan begin their preseason campaign on Thursday evening with a game against Lumezzane at Milanello ahead of what is a very important season.

In 2022-23 the team went on a memorable European run that was ended by rivals Inter, and under-performed domestically.

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