Pellegatti explains why Milan have chosen to stay quiet about Kessie’s move to Barcelona

By Oliver Fisher -

Journalist Carlo Pellegatti has his say on the Franck Kessie saga and he has supported the way that AC Milan have behaved throughout.

It now appears to be common knowledge that the Ivorian will be leaving Milan at the end of the season after what will be five years with the club as he has chosen not to sign the renewal offered to him by Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara and to try a new experience elsewhere instead.

There has been a lot of speculation on social media about how the Milan hierarchy might react to such news, but in the meantime Stefano Pioli continues to utilise Kessie as a very important asset for his midfielder in the pursuit of the title.

Pellegatti spoke on what has happened surrounding Kessie’s future, with his comments relayed by our colleagues at

“I totally agree with Milan’s way of acting. I’m talking about Kessie’s goodbye. Very different, but this is my opinion, from Dybala’s traumatic break with Juventus,” he began.

“The Bianconeri, with Arrivabene, yesterday confirmed the break with the player. News that caused an uproar. This is a nuisance and there is no doubt about it. I start from the Juventus events to talk about Milan.

“Kessie will go to Barcelona and this is an established fact. Medical visits already done in Lugano and a contract of 7 million for 5 years. This is what was reported by Di Marzio of Sky.

“Milan are silent on the Kessie-Barcelona affair, because there must be no problems and divisions. For us, the Ivorian continues to be a strong and fundamental player. It is right to behave like this, but until 22 May the player will give everything for Milan.

“We lose a great player but there is no agitation because there are strategies behind it. Kessie will leave but another great player in midfield will come. Many think of Renato Sanches, but I keep saying that he is unlikely to arrive given the high costs.”

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  1. after last year I realized no player is more than the club. When a player like Donnaruma can leave Milan for free(whom we developed and whom we gave opportunity) then no wonder others are leaving for free. Let them go… We are Milan and we will always be the club of class and legends…it’s hard sometimes for us as club seeing players leaving for free because we as a club had history of players who stick with club and loved the club…but that days are gone by…now it’s all about money..out 5 years players play for last two or one year and ask for huge salary and agent commission..they forget that club has bared the burden when they were just the deadwood..

  2. Fans don’t care if kessie or Romagnoli leave at the end of season as long as they stay professional until their contract expire and give their best in field to help ACMilan get Scudetto and coppa italy

    1. And fans will be sad to see Roma leave because he has ALWAYS respected the club – and was willing to lower his salary significantly to stay. It’s not his fault he won’t be getting a new contract.

      So I’m sure fans will be cheering for him in the future too – hopefully wearing his favourite team’s shirt (and not the Bianconeri’s).

      And Cashie? Oh, he will be booed when Barca comes to visit Milan in UCL.

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