Milan Consider Keeping Veteran Defender Until His Retirement

Milan reportedly contemplate offering aging Danish star Simon Kjaer a chance to retire at San Siro by extending his contract. According to MilanNews, the Rossoneri are exploring the prospect of renewing the Denmark captain’s deal that expires in 2024. 

Kjaer joined Milan on a six-month loan from Sevilla in January 2020 before earning a permanent contract in the summer. Impressed by the defender’s immediate impact, the Italians forked out €3.68 million to secure his services three years ago.

Since touching down at San Siro, the 34-year-old has managed 94 appearances for Milan. He has established himself as an influential figure in the dressing room. But more importantly, he’s been a rock-solid defensive option for Stefano Pioli.

He was one of the essential parts of the Scudetto-winning squad in 2021/22. Unfortunately, injuries caught up with the veteran center-back last season, restricting him to only 24 competitive matches. Despite experiencing an injury-hit campaign in 2022/23, Milan still hold Kjaer in high regard and want to give him a chance to retire at the club. 

Kjaer himself hinted at the possibility of concluding his impressive career at Milan in the build-up to the Champions League semi-final against Inter. In case they decide to continue with the Dane beyond next season, the Rossoneri would offer him a one-year contract extension. 

Much will probably depend on his fitness status next term. If fit and sound, Kjaer should be fighting for his place in the starting lineup alongside Fikayo Tomori. 

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