Milan Attacker Opens Up About His Rough First Season

Charles De Ketelaere didn’t hide while assessing his first few months with Milan, acknowledging that his maiden campaign hasn’t gone well. He spoke about his struggles to the Belgian outlet Het Laatste Niews (via Calciomercato).

“The causes are several. Surely the different environment, then a superior level, and having to adapt to many new things, including life off the pitch. I had different expectations. After an excellent year with Club Brugge and the transfer to Italy, which I don’t regret, I hoped to be more important than what I have been so far.”

“Anyway, I judge my performances differently from other people or the press. I try to look at the technical elements so I can improve ahead of the next match. I never dwell on the critique, whether positive or negative. I’ll never be dragged down or get a big head, should I manage to turn things around. Many teammates advised me not to read the papers.”

De Ketelaere heaped praise on Milan director Paolo Maldini.

“He’s very close to the team, and I have an excellent relationship with him, as so do other players. We talk a lot, and he conveys his confidence in me. He embodies the team, which is too important to him. The group is very tight, and that’s one of the reasons why they won the title last season. I feel the support and affection of my teammates. I’d like to prove on the pitch that I’m hungry and live for football and to play well. I don’t want it to become a problem. If you listen to the media, it looks like I come to the training center crying every day.”

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