Divock Origi Back to Milan Squad, Not for Long

Milan boss Stefano Pioli has recalled out-of-favor striker Divock Origi for the upcoming pre-season friendly against Monza. But despite the Belgian’s imminent return to the squad, his future lies far away from San Siro, as per Gazzetta dello Sport.

Origi’s maiden season at Milan was an unmitigated disaster. A series of injury setbacks, compounded by massive form woes, saw the 28-year-old forward score only twice in 36 competitive matches. Reduced to playing second fiddle to Olivier Giroud, the former Liverpool man failed to find his feet in 2022/23 to say the least.

However, with three more years left to run on his lucrative contract, Origi isn’t interested in leaving Milan. Truth be told, not many sides are excited about the possibility of prising him away from Lombardy. Except for some shy whispers coming from Saudi Arabia, the striker seems destined to remain under Pioli’s tutelage.

From the Italian’s point of view, that’s unacceptable. Pioli’s decision to omit Origi from his United States tour squad was a clear message to the player. He is no longer welcome at San Siro. Neither is his €4 million-per-year salary. Still, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

Milan would ideally sell Origi outright for as low as €8m. Considering they didn’t spend a dime to lure him to Serie A last summer, it would still be a decent profit. But time is ticking, and they’ve yet to drum up interest in their unwanted asset.

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