The comments from Franck Kessie’s agent George Atangana have been causing a stir over the past couple of days and now Luca Serafini has thrown his thoughts into the mix.
Kessie chose to leave Milan upon the expiry of his contract in June earlier this year after hoisting the Scudetto trophy above his head, but things have not gone great so far at his new club Barcelona.
Tuttosport today (via MilanNews) reported earlier this week that Kessie is keen to end his Barcelona adventure after just half a season and he favours a return to Italy. They stated that Milan have been offered the chance to re-sign him but view it as a closed chapter, with potential interest from cross-city rivals Inter.
However, a response to such claims came from George Atangana – Kessie’s agent – who tried to clean up his side of the story in an interview with Calciomercato.com.
“Calhanoglu, Donnarumma and Romagnoli have left and for the same reason it is also difficult to close current renewals, at least from what it seems to me. I don’t understand why only Franck’s farewell was so tormented,” he said.
“Of course, the intention was to stay. However, a one-way renewal cannot be concluded. We rejected offers from important clubs also in the month of January, precisely because there was a strong desire to reach an agreement with Milan. There is one thing that seems strange to me, which is that after Kessie’s farewell, it seems that certain ceilings that previously seemed insurmountable can now be breached.”
Luca Serafini has responded to the claims from Atangana in a column for MilanNews in which he refutes some of the notions that the agent has put forward.
“The reference to the other 3 cases seems very forced, as does the observation about Franck’s tormented farewell. Each of those stories had different developments: the goalkeeper was on his third renewal in 4 years and we know very well that the crux was the commissions (a topic ignored by Atangana),” he began.
“Romagnoli was somewhat on the sidelines of the project and made a highly respectable and acceptable personal choice, separated from the economic question. The Turkish changed clubs for a few coins and without even saying goodbye.
“Kessie had been offered an important renewal, not one-way, because when you double a salary it would seem that the other way should be forbidden, if you want more money and more commissions. As for the broken ceilings, Atangana has neglected the fourth change of ownership of the club in 5 years in which the scenarios have changed continuously.”