MN: Kessie not at risk of being benched as ‘everyone hopes’ renewal can still happen

By Oliver Fisher -

The issue that continues to occupy the front pages with regards to AC Milan is undoubtedly the situation surrounding Franck Kessie and his renewal.

As Antonio Vitiello writes in his latest column for MilanNews, many fans have asked for Stefano Pioli to bench Kessie until he signs a renewal, otherwise it will be a complicated year for the Ivorian with protests and whistles expected at the stadium.

However, what filters from the club is that Pioli will always choose Kessie as long as he is available to the club and as long as the player is being paid by the Rossoneri, he will be deemed fully available for selection.

Pioli hopes that he will get the 2020-21 Kessie back as he was a player who clearly contributed to the return of Milan to return to the Champions League after seven years. However, Kessie will have to respect the promise made during the Olympics when he declared: “I’ll go back to Milan and fix everything. I want to stay for life.”

The signing has not yet come, but ‘everyone hopes it can still happen in the next few weeks’ as per Vitiello. The economic distance is there, so the player must honour his word and take a step towards the club.

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  1. I wish I had Pioli’s confidence in Kessie, but considering what happened with Gigio and the Turkish Snake, I don’t believe Pioli is the best judge of character.

    1. That is exactly the signal he is giving to Theo, Leao, Benacer etc. Irrespective of the behavior, these players should stay cool as they will continue playing. #pioliout

  2. Pioli is just an average coach who has benefited from a very favorable context, so far. He is not the type of character to risk innovating or using new players. This is the reason for which, contrary to the club’s interests, he will continue using Kessie – even if the so-called “President” will leave for free at the end of the season. So, instead of investing minutes in Tonali / Bakayoko (players who really wants to play for Milan), Mr Pioli will use Kessie so that Spurs / PSG etc will have him in a great shape next year. Well done, Mr Pioli! You are a real manager!

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