Kerkez reveals he was ‘doing well’ at Milan but father pushed him to leave

By Oliver Fisher -

Milos Kerkez has revealed some more background regarding his exit from AC Milan to AZ Alkmaar, where he is now one of the brightest starts.

Kerkez’s story with Milan was rather a strange one. He was brought in by the Rossoneri in February of 2021 and there was hopes that he would eventually become the deputy or even replacement for Theo Hernandez.

However, he never came close to making an appearance for the first team and played with the Primavera instead. Then, he decided to depart for AZ in the Eredivisie and sparked some controversy on Twitter after the move as he published a rather distasteful message to Milan, which he quickly deleted.

In an interview with Tuttomercatoweb, Kerkez spoke about his past with the Rossoneri and his future at AZ Alkmaar, where he is attracting a lot of attention given his domestic and European performances.

“When a big club like AC Milan looks for you, there aren’t many people who can say no. I received a phone call directly from Paolo Maldini: the decision was very simple and I took it together with my father,” he said (via

“I was doing well, I had many opportunities to train with the first team, and it was an unforgettable experience. But I decided once again with my father that going to AZ Alkmaar would be the perfect opportunity to establish myself in professional football. We made the best choice.”

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  1. Kerkez exemplifies a big problem that Pioli and Italian coaches as a whole seems to have. They will gladly let talents rot in Primavera squads and then buy some half-arsed alibi player as a backup instead. This makes no sense, because in Germany & Spain they have 16 year olds on the bench and scoring goals too. It is actually possible to cultivate these talents in the first team rather then having them waste away so often. Kerkez should immediately have been on the first team and be Theo’s backup, but Maldini chooses to buy Balle Toure because Pioli doesn’t think Kerkez is ready? Then you MAKE him ready ffs!!! That is a fearful culture in Italy that I think Milan needs to get rid of to become a European powerhouse again. Play the talent and make them better instead of spending money on these wasteful players who will never challenge the stars anyway…

    1. You can’t compare eredivisie with serie a, he should have go on loan, but the he would not get too many opportunities to play there. It’s not FM, it’s not that easy.

    2. @Mickey: What makes no sense are people that STILL PISS ON about Kerkez years after.

      If he is ever at Theo’s level or at Real, Bayern etc fine. Moan.

      But he’s not even at a top Erevidisie side!
      It’s like complaining that someone went to play for Udinese. You only complain because he is young

      Where’s the reference about him thinking he should start of Theo?

    3. He already got star syndrome , dont want to be loan to other club but forcing AC Milan play him at first team,he is just another hauge , remember hauge? Fans here so angry blame management sell hauge for capital gain. Hauge failed in bundesliga club and get loaned to other club at the end of season. I prefer personally AC Milan get italian player as theo back up rather than this arogance kerkez ( twitter incident prove he is arogance )

  2. Since 2016 Milan have given a chance to 4 players who are 17 or under.

    D. Maldini

  3. Pioli’s system coupled with the teams unseriousness to finish off games early is costing other players and Primavera team valuable minutes and also costing the first team resting time. I don’t know if I’m the only one who notices it.

  4. The lad clearly said that the decision was made mutually between his father and himself. There was no implication from his behalf that his father pushed him as the article’s title claims!!

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