AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has tried to reassure fans regarding his renewal, insisting it will be sorted after the Olympics in Tokyo.
Given that his current contract expires in June 2022, there has been an abundance of speculation suggesting that interest is growing in the Ivorian ahead of what could be a free transfer next year, with several Premier League sides linked.
However, Kessie has given an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his future and he has revealed that he has no intention of leaving the Rossoneri, with his renewal to be sorted once he returns from Tokyo.
“They have to rest assured. I always keep my word, they should know me. Now I am here in Tokyo to get something important with my country, but as soon as the Olympics is over I return to Milan and we fix everything. There will be no problems,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Did I hear from the club? Of course, we had a chat and we constantly text with Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara, they know my thoughts perfectly.”
All that remains, therefore, is to wait for the signing, which will come soon, after he is done representing his country in Japan: “I want to go on as much as possible in the Olympic tournament. At the end, Milan will have me for as long as they want.”
Of course there are also some concerns that Kessie’s involvement in the Olympics and his late return to Milanello could have an impact on preseason preparations and also his energy levels, but he assured fans that this is not the case.
“Tired? And why? This is my job: running, blocking and restarting. The more I play, the better I feel. I’m super motivated, I can’t wait to hug my team-mates and coach Pioli again. A season full of commitments awaits us. We wanted the Champions League at any cost. And obtained with merit. Now we must live up to the name that Milan has in Europe.”
During the interview Kessie also spoke about the farewells of Donnarumma and Calhanoglu, who left on free transfers for PSG and Inter respectively.
“If I’m sorry? Of course, we shared an important part of our life. And then Gigio is now the strongest goalkeeper in the world. But I cannot enter into other people’s decisions, I am in charge only for myself. I’m very sorry, but new important players have arrived. Worthy of Milan.”