Pellegatti: Kessie’s exit fuelled by ‘willingness of the agent’; Pobega’s future already outlined

By Oliver Fisher -

Carlo Pellegatti has pinned blame on Franck Kessie’s agent for being behind his inevitable exit, and believes that Tommaso Pobega could return to stay this summer.

We are now just a few months away from Kessie’s contract with the Rossoneri expiring and it is now widely accepted that unless there is a shock twist, the Ivorian’s time with the club will come to an end after half a decade and he will leave in favour of a new opportunity.

A lot of anger has been portioned towards Kessie for seemingly a desire to earn a salary way above what is reasonable for Milan to pay him, but Carlo Pellegatti has told MilanNews that he thinks his agent George Atangana is the man with the ‘willingness’ to cut ties.

“The permanence of Kessie does not depend on Milan. There is a willingness of the agent to leave Milan. I hope he takes us as high as possible, then if they have to go they go,” he said.

“If Milan sign Sanches they would already see him as number ten. Pioli looks for alternative solutions, it means that he could not find the version of Brahim Diaz from the beginning of the season, however, he played with players who were looking for depth.

“Covid and the problems that Diaz had combined with a certain tactical situation leads him to fail. I’m sorry because he is an extraordinary player, whom I am fond of.”

Another midfielder that Milan have under contract that is generating a lot of discussion is Pobega. He has been loaned out to Torino where he has impressed so far this season, after equally useful spells with Pordenone in Serie B and Spezia last season.

“It will be an unknown factor for him to play in the Champions League. I think he will stay at Milan. Bakayoko, never playing, cannot get back in shape,” Pellegatti said.

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  1. At the end of the day Kessie is the one with the final decision and it is him that is leaving, agents take a lot of the blame for a player leaving and I guess that’s part of their job, to protect their player in that way, but the agent works for Kessie not the other way around.

    1. Yes but its in agents interedt for players to move often

      They get signing bonus, I bet its higher if you are a free agent

      Most famously Raiola pushed Lukaku to sign with United instead of Chelsea

      Its agents job to be convincing, they can be manipulative too

      The REAL protection for player is a properly written contract – so lawyer

  2. Until the very last moment I will see kessie leave before I will believe all the writing.. well.. soldier go soldier come barracks remain, FORZA MILAN❤️🖤

  3. In the end of the day its another bad sign for famous Milan, i can tell you that kessie has asked several times in 2019 for a new contract with 5mio salary. Managments answer, lets see if we reach UCL. Each of us would have behaved in the same way! And if you not agree here you do not understand business.
    I am very proud of average age of the Team, thats really cool but therfore hard to understand why we have 70year old striker.
    Finally i have to mention that the management has promised to strengthen the team, after they did that well in year 2020, then baka, florenzi and pellegri were taken WHAT IS THE GRATEST SHAME for M&M (i mean have u seen baka in Napoli? and now they are suprised why 6mio salary what is much more then kessie gets is blown away?) good luck Kessie became a superstar u have earned it.

    1. He asked for an extension when he was playing like crap, and with a salary increase. Kessie was almost sold 2 years ago. He will never be a superstar, I don’t understand what do you all see in a player that is good physically but that is it, he is average with ball in his feet. Good midfielder, but superstar? Compare Brozović to him. That is a top defensive midfielder, same defensive stats as Kessie but about 1500% more precise long balls, much more chances created, key passes, etc. That is a modern world class defensive midfielder.

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