CM: Kerkez now a star for AZ Alkmaar and Hungary – the background on his Milan exit

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan made the decision to sell Milos Kerkez in the summer and the player also pushed for a new adventure elsewhere, a report has outlined. recall how Kerkez left Milan almost in anonymity over the summer with the feeling of not having managed to keep up with the expectations mounted towards him, and he chose to start afresh in the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar.

Now, he has made the first start for his national team Hungary, meaning the left-back’s decision to leave one of the most prestigious and important clubs in Europe to find more playing time elsewhere has so far paid off.

Kerkez is shining in the Netherlands and earned the call from Marco Rossi’s Hungary, who are Italy’s opponent tomorrow for a place in the next Nations League Final Four. In his first 15 apprenticeships with Alkmaar, Kerkez has already scored a goal and provided 5 assists.

AZ are unbeaten and third in the standings just behind the leaders PSV and that has helped Kerkez’s exponential growth on an individual level.

So why was he allowed to leave Milan? The belief among the Rossoneri management was that the potential was there to continue his growth path in a positive way, but the player’s expectations were different and aimed at a quick promotion to the first team. It is a guarantee that Milan could not give him, but they were willing to sanction alone.

What seemed to tip the scales though was the signing of Fode Ballo-Touré for the role of deputy to Theo Hernandez last summer, which led Kerkez to push for a sale outright.

“I expected to have a chance because I was doing better than any Primavera full-back of any team. Milan are obviously a great club and it’s not easy as a young man to have a chance there. But I think with my performances and what I have done maybe I deserved a chance,” he told Scouted Football recently.

He then moved to AZ last January for €2m plus bonuses, to start a new path that today is producing the results that might make Maldini and Massara regret things.

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  1. We should’ve just promoted him and gave Theo some games to rest while rotating him in. Atleast like that if he performed very well but still couldn’t outperform Theo we could’ve sold him for about 20-30M

  2. Everybody knew he would come good, the talent was there. Why not have played Theo 70% of the time and Kerkez the rest. Now this season we have a million games and need the rotation and we don’t have it. Genius move guys. And we sold him for nothing also. Our sales and free transfers out of Milan have honestly probably been the worst in the world no lie.

  3. He is playing in the Dutch league guys not Everton.

    The premise of rhe article is faulty. Milan cannot regret losing a player yet until he begins to shine on the big stage.

  4. LOL these comments
    This guy isn’t moving mountains. A couple of caps at National level great. Playing in Holland. OOHHHH.
    He still would be rotting on the bench and developing into an average footballer. If he was tearing it up we’d regret. Theo is starter and Ballo-toure is willing to wait his turn. That’s it. Who cares about this kid.

  5. Another Coach Pioli catastrophe in Milan.

    There was no encourage from Pioli to Kerkez. He could even give him substitute appearances in game well won.

    Pato, Paloschi, Calabria etc are all introduced in less important games and moments which lunch their career.

    1. Hey moro*, a catastrophe if last season Pioli plays this boy more than Theo just to satisfy the boy ego and i bet Milan will not win a scudetto.

      And Pioli was the one who cancelled the idea to loan Calabria back in 2019.

      Think again the next time you want to mock Pioli.

  6. :fp:
    Which games exactly? We could barely get 1 goal lead in most games last season.
    I’m sure he would stay to play 50 minutes per season.
    Or did you want to sacrifice scudetto for him?

  7. I have followed Milan’s primavera and haven’t seen him done extraordinary things. I don’t even remember the last time our primavera qualified for the last 8 to be honest. He could be great but using him 30 percent last season would be sacrificing the scudetto to linda (inter) due to his inexperience. I sometimes complain why we don’t use our academy players but also realised you can’t if you are challenging for the scudetto. We could if we are in a comfortable lead or there is nothing to fight for, plus we are not dortmund that nurtures to sell.

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