Milan managed to break a 10-season drought without winning Serie A and will face this 2022/23 with the intention of defending the Scudetto. For that, the Rossoneri closed an important incorporation to occupy a place that was left free in the middle of the pitch. After some complicated negotiations with Club Bruges, the Italian team confirmed the incorporation of Charles De Ketelaere.
The brand new reinforcement of 21 years It comes in exchange for 35 million euros and will have a salary of 2.5 million per season. The Belgian’s talent is undeniable, since he is an absolute international with his country and has been champion of the Jupiler Pro League three times. Besides, he already knows what it’s like to play in the UEFA Champions League.
Charles De Ketelaere playing the UEFA Nations League against Poland (Photo: AFP).
in the last season scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists, that is why all the Rossoneri are excited. If he manages to adapt quickly, Charles De Ketelaere could change the face of Paolo Maldini’s team, being one of the big hits in the transfer market. The Belgian joins Divock Origi as a fresh face, and Alessandro Florenzi and Junior Messias as high-priced signings.
The particular resemblance to a Milan legend
To see it, it is impossible that Charles De Ketelaere does not remember Kaká, an idol within the San Siro. This is not only because of the physical aspect (changing the Brazilian’s brown hair for the Belgian’s blonde), but also because of the movement on the pitch. This physically powerful striker (1.92 meters tall) can play in any attacking position and stands out for his goalscoring and last passing ability. The talented point guard has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champion.
Kaká playing for Milan in 2008 (Photo: AP).
Kaká played for Milan between 2003 and 2009 and again in the 2013-14 season, helping the Italian club win the Champions League in 2007, while also being the tournament’s top scorer that year. He also won the World Cup, as well as the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s player of the year. “I have seen many videos of Kaká, he was a fantastic player”, commented Charles De Ketelaere. Furthermore, he added: “I have my own characteristics, but I hope to give a similar contribution to what he did“.
Milan’s focus on the future can be seen in the abundance of young players in their squad. It was the combination of youth and experience that helped the Rossoneri end their 11-year title wait, and Charles De Ketelaere said that played a part in his decision to join the team.
“For me it was important to see young players grow and do well here,” the Belgian continued. And he concluded: “You see in the recent past that young players get better here and make the team better, so it was good to see that and it certainly made a big difference in the pick.”.
Kaká playing for Milan in 2008 (Photo: AFP).