GdS: Maldini’s call, the exit and the second chance – Milan alerted to situation of Kerkez

By Oliver Fisher -

Milos Kerkez left AC Milan and is now making a name for himself in the Eredivisie, and the management might have some regret looking back at his exit.

La Gazzetta dello Sport recall how Kerkez was sold by Milan to AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands for a fee worth €2m in February of last year, but today his name is back in the headlines because some clubs are interested in signing him and Milan have a reason to watch developments closely.

Kerkez was actually born in Serbia in 2003, but he chose the Hungarian national team and today he is a more or less a guaranteed starter under Marco Rossi, who is their head coach. He actually played against Italy and more specifically came up against Di Lorenzo last September in the Nations League.

Before arriving at Milanello, he played for five years in Rapid Vienna’s youth sustem, passing a trial with a hundred participants. After that he moved to Gyori, which marked a return to his home country and he played 16 games for them in the second division.

A chat with Paolo Maldini turned his life upside down, as Kerkez himself admitted not too long after his exit when he spoke about feeling like he deserved a chance.

“When someone like Paolo calls you, you don’t think too much about what to do, but I expected to play a little more. After all, last year I was the best full-back in the Primavera,” he said.

He made 13 appearances in his first year in the Primavera, 19 in the second. The Rossoneri management had seen something good in him, but the presence of a world class player like Theo Hernandez made it impossible for him to get guaranteed game time.

“Theo is the best in that role, he’s my favourite. I learned everything I could from him,” Kerkez admitted.

Now, Kerkez is working under Pascal Jansen in Alkmaar, the man who launched Gianluca Scamacca among others during his time at PSV Eindhoven. His performances have grown thanks to the 40 appearances amassed in the first team, together with his value.

The radars of LaLiga, Primeira Liga and Bundesliga clubs have pointed towards him, with Real Sociedad and Benfica quickly adding to the interest of Borussia Dortmund.

Milan are on alert too because should an official offer arrive on the desk of AZ Alkmaar, Maldini and Massara will have the right to match it thanks to a clause, but there is already talk of around €15m.

This is an amount which – considering the budget and needs in other areas – means that Milan are likely to decline the chance to match the offer and will collect the percentage of proceeds from the eventual resale instead.

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  1. As much as I would like to see him back, I also know that we need the deputy to Theo to be Italian, so its probably better to collect the resale proceeds.

  2. Should have never let him leave in the first place. He was under contract and didn’t have a choice. He is young and impulsive – but we should not have sold as we all know he would have replaced Ballo Toure eventually. Now of course we aren’t going to pay 15M lol. That’s like our whole summer budget 😭😭😭. We should have inserted a resale clause in his deal to get % of proceeds of future sale. We had all the leverage. Kid was signed to long term deal and an unknown product at senior level. But yet again we made a horrible deal. Love M&M&M for scouting talent – some of the best around – but we need to hire an experienced negotiator to do the deals because we suck at that. So we received 2M from his sale lol. Wow. Let’s just hope we learn our lesson and don’t make the same mistake with Adli – sell him for a loss only to collect a few million – then he’s sold in future for 30M and we look foolish yet again.

    1. That kid say to public he want guaranteed play time. He dont want to compete with theo or become theo deputy,if only he can play as RB maybe we can keep him. You can see too that ballo toure not play if theo fit, so how we convince kerkez to stay ?

  3. Another ‘great deal’ by Maldini.
    Which one is worse, selling Kerkez for peanuts, or buying Ballo Toure for 5 mil which forced Kerkez to wanna leave Milan?
    He couldn’t even convince the kid to go on loan when he had all the leverage. But, that’s Maldini. He kept his son at Milan and stagnated his growth as a player instead of loaning him out.
    Can’t negotiate, can’t sell, can’t convince players to stay, can’t convince players to sign with Milan even when the money is the same…
    He has none of the qualities required to hold the position he has, and when he finally gets replaced with someone competent, Milan would be better for it.

    1. Yeah, I realized last summer that he’s actually not good at his job. He was a legend as a player but not qualified to be a director. Some of his decisions are costing Milan a lot.

      1. You mean for the kid that wanted to leave and play first team football? He said it publicly. 🤣🤣🤣 what a bunch of clowns you are 🤡🤡

    2. “Can’t negotiate, can’t sell, can’t convince players to stay, can’t convince players to sign with Milan even when the money is the same…”

      LOL. Like you would be better. 😀 😀 😀

      Maldini couldn’t promise Kerkez playing time as Maldini isn’t the coach. That’s why he left. Like people here have said it: Kerkez wanted to play and in Milan he wouldn’t have.

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