Ex-Ajax star praises Milan for Reijnders signing and urges them to consider Koopmeiners

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have been urged to make a move for Teun Koopmeiners by his compatriot Ruud Krol, while the former Ajax and Napoli man praised Tijjani Reijnders.

Krol spoke during an interview with Tuttosport this morning about a number of topics from Leonardo Bonucci potentially joining Ajax to Milan’s business so far, with his comments relayed by Radio Rossonera.

He addressed the rumours linking both Milan and Juve with a move for Atalanta midfield star Teun Koopmeiners, insisting that he would be a very important player for both.

“Koop is a great player. He has an international caliber and is the starter in the Dutch national team. I certainly see him doing well at a big club,” he began.

“Juve or Milan? He would certainly be invaluable to both of them. Koopmeiners can play in all positions in the middle of the pitch: both as a playmaker and as a midfielder. He is a complete footballer who would be useful for all coaches, including Allegri.”

After the sale of Sandro Tonali, Milan decided to invest in the signing of Tijjani Reijnders from AZ Alkmaar along with Loftus-Cheek and Musah to rebuild the midfield, and Krol praised the former.

“Tijjani is a very promising young man. He has many qualities. Last year he had a fantastic season with AZ Alkmaar in both the Eredivisie and the Conference League.

“Playmaker or box to box? Reijnders likes to attack and dive forward. He can’t be a regista like Lobotka, but as a mezzala I see him doing well.

“He’s good at inserting himself and shooting, with his movements he becomes someone who can score several goals.”

Finally, Krol spoke about another of his compatriots in Marcus Holmgren Pedersen of Feyenoord, who has been linked with a number of clubs including the Rossoneri.

“He did very well last season, even if I know him less being from Feyenoord…”

Tags AC Milan Teun Koopmeiners Tijjani Reijnders


    1. Why is Koopmeiners mediocre?
      Last season in serie A
      Koopmeiners 2860 minutes, 10 goals, 4 assists.
      Charles de Ketelaere 1100 minutes, zero goals, 1 assists.
      One of them is a defensive/central midfielder, the other one is an attacking midfielder/forward.

    2. Koopmeiners has not been mediocre. He’s been one of the best for atalanta last year. I disagree with your comment. Good player.

    3. Stupid comment.
      Means u understand nothing about soccer.
      Teun is one of the best midfielder in europe.

      Lets sign him if possible. Will be a great addition.forza milan

    4. If you comparing with pirlo,xavi,iniesta,zidane then i agree koopmeiner are mediocre . But comparing koop with CDK wow thats are insulting, koop can score goal & play well in AmF or CMF while CDK just running in field with no vision ,no grinta , cannot score goal from 1450 minute play. Selling CDK & bring koopmeiner are upgrade for AC Milan squad

  1. Don’t understand this why would we want a player like Koopmeiners? we have made some good signings but hey not such a good idea .
    Just an opinion.

    1. Koopmeiners is a defensive midfielder, something we don’t have, and he provides a bucket load of assists and goals for a defensive midfielder. He’s a proven player in Serie A and a Dutch international. If anything there might not be a defensive midfielder in the league on his level, only thing preventing us from getting him is his price, but that will only go up as he’s only 25. Wouldn’t have minded if we got Kessie back but he’s just signed for Al Ahli.

    2. “Don’t understand this why would we want a player like Koopmeiners?”

      I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want us to have a player like Koopmeiners. He does everything a midfielder can be be asked to do – and more. He would raise the level for sure.

  2. If he forks up 40+M Milan will take him in a heartbeat.
    Even tho he is just another not a DM midfielder.
    Now don’t get me wrong. He’s very good. He just isn’t the regista Milan needs for the 433

  3. Too many arguments and insults. However the good Players RLC and kOOP, With all the big money we baoght them they will be warming up the bench. 4-3-3 is never in Milan DNA. if we go back to 4-2-3-1, pioli will prefer Reinjders and Musah on the double pivot. I think let’s just for us on esteve first.

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