MN: The truth about Bennacer’s €50m clause – why Milan agreed to it

By Isak Möller -

Ismael Bennacer has agreed to renew his contract with AC Milan and the announcement could arrive very soon. In the Algerian’s new contract, the €50m release clause will remain as per the latest reports. 

It’s obviously a huge boost for the Rossoneri to lock down Bennacer until 2027. The agreement includes a salary of around €4m per year and the €50m release clause will remain, which has sparked some debate on social media.

As highlighted by Pietro Mazzara, it isn’t as bad as it sounds given four key conditions: 1) it’s only valid for foreign clubs 2) it won’t be valid in the summer of 2023 3) it must be paid in one instalment and 4) it will only be valid in the first 15 days of July.

With that said, although €50m is still a decent deal for a player like Bennacer, it takes a bit more convincing for whoever is interested in signing him. At the very least, Milan won’ be walking away with zero in the event of a sale.

Tags AC Milan Ismaël Bennacer


  1. Shame about the release clause. It will be triggered if he continues to perform.

    @ Nelli If this is the future of club football then club football has no future. How can teams build connections with fans with constant player turnover?
    How to fans go from booing to cheering to booing the same player in the space of 12 months?

    It’s this lack of substance which is putting off fans. Even Agnelli acknowledged after the super league debacle that fans follow players now not club, and that the number of fans is dwindling. This loss of connection is in part because your local pub has lower staff turnover than your football team.

  2. Another, and might be the most important, thing is that it’ll come down to the player himself. If the RC is triggered, legally the club won’t have a say, but in the end the player might reject the move. So as long as Bennacer still find Milan can fulfil his ‘football dream’, we don’t have to worry that much. Of course there’ll be many factors that have to be considered.

    If you see the positive light, the RC can play a role as an assurance that Milan should keep up with its progress sustainably.

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