Charles De Ketelaere has been a textbook definition of a flop since completing his €35.5 million move from Club Brugge to Milan last summer. Despite the Italians’ bid to find him a new home, finding suitors prepared to meet their price tag has proved challenging.
De Ketelaere’s future at San Siro remains questionable after Stefano Pioli overlooked him from his plans for the upcoming season. Not many sides are willing to offer the 22-year-old an escape route from Milan, considering it comes with a substantial €28m transfer fee. But there’s a silver lining.
According to Calciomercato, De Keteleare could find refuge at PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch heavyweights are in the market for a new forward to replace last season’s headline performer Xavi Simons. And they are open to giving the Belgian the benefit of the doubt despite his terrible time at Milan.
To say De Ketelaere’s first season in Serie A was poor would be an understatement. He failed to find the net in 40 appearances for Milan. But more importantly, his performances came nowhere near the Rossoneri standards, let alone fans’ expectations.
PSV could help him reignite his faltering career. However, they’re poised to take the Belgium U21 international on loan. Milan would normally turn the Dutch side down, but they’re running out of options. The seven-time European champions must boost their flop’s market value back up.
The only way to achieve such a demanding task is to let him play and rebuild his confidence.
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