Milan have officially confirmed the signing of Belgian midfielder Charles De Ketelaere on a five-year-contract. The 21-year-old was linked with a move to a number of Europe’s top sides, but the Rossoneri overcame competition from Premier League side Leeds United to finalise the deal.
A statement on the club’s official website confirmed the deal earlier today.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: CHARLES DE KETELAERE
The Belgian has signed until 2027 and will wear the number 90 jersey
AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge FC.
The player has signed a contract until 30 June 2027 and will wear the number 90 jersey.
Born in Bruges on 10 March 2001, Charles grew up in the Club Bruges Youth Sector before making his debut for the club in 2019. Since then he has made 120 appearances and scored 25 goals, winning the Belgian League three times and Super Cup twice.
In November 2020, he made his debut for the Belgian national team and has since played for them eight times and scored once.
Speaking after the move, the youngster expressed his excitement at having made the move to Milan:
I am a guy who is mostly really calm, but I was a little bit overwhelmed, just didn’t know how to react.
They say you cannot imagine until you are here and you feel the real warmth and passion of the fans and the club. It’s different than if you just speak with them.
Of course I am very happy with this next step. As a young player you have the ambition to be able to play at the top abroad as well.
I want to thank everyone at Club for all the opportunities I got there and it will be always be my home.”
[Image from Milan.com]