Italian boss Arrigo Sacchi has criticised Charles De Ketelaere in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport – as per Sport Italia – as the Belgian continues to struggle for Milan since rejecting Leeds to join the Serie A champions last summer.
De Ketelaere, 21, joined Milan in the summer for a fee of £31million. It came after winning the Belgian league three times, clocking up 120 appearances and having a hand in 45 goals. But he was strongly linked with a move to Leeds.
Club Brugge’s CEO Vincent Mannaert told the MidMid podcast that Leeds were ready to pay more, a fee of £35million. But De Ketelaere wanted Milan. But his Milan form has been poor, failing to win a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
Clocking up 21 games for Milan, he has failed to score, and laid on just one assist. On Saturday, he was an unused sub against Lecce – as Milan struggled, drawing 2-2. Sacchi was incredibly critical, branding De Ketelaere a “loser”.
“He enters the field almost like a loser, he seems confused, scared. Now he is suffering, let’s remember that foreigners always need time,” Sacchi said, who is renowned as a legend in Italy for his managerial career spanning 28 years.
Sacchi criticises De Ketelaere: Struggling at Milan since rejecting Leeds
Would a move to Leeds have been better for De Ketelaere? It is difficult to say. Brenden Aaronson is struggling in what is De Ketelaere’s best position – after a bright start. But, at Elland Road, he would have started more often for Leeds.
At Milan, he has been a bit-part player. Starting one week, on the bench the next. He has gone from a player playing every minute at Brugge, to being a bit of a fringe player with the Rossoneri. It is not working for De Ketelaere at Milan.
At Leeds, he would have been given a platform that was similar to the one he had at Brugge. At least starting games and lasting 70 minutes. It might be that come the end of the window, he may be allowed to leave Milan on loan.