At 8.52 pm the “Comunicato Ufficiale” was finally there.
AC Milan announced the highly anticipated transfer of Charles De Ketelaere tonight. After lingering negotiations, Club Brugge receives a record sum of 35 million euros (including bonuses) for its goldcrest.
“Of course I am very happy with this next step”, says De Ketelaere in a first reaction on the Club Brugge website.
“As a young player you have the ambition to be able to play at the top abroad. I want to thank everyone at Club for all the opportunities I got there and it will always be my home.”
De Ketelaere also briefly responded to the channels of his new team: “I am a calm person, but I was overwhelmed by the interest.”
“You do hear about it, but you can only imagine it when you are here and feel it. Then you experience the passion and the warmth.”
Manager Vincent Mannaert also looks at the transfer with a good feeling: “As a Club we can only be proud that a youth product is leaving for the Italian national champion. We have seen Charles grow into the player he is today and wish him every success. in his new adventure.”