AC Milan sign Franck Kessie on a two-year loan deal

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AC Milan have signed midfielder Franck Kessié on a two-year loan deal from league rivals Atalanta BC. Milan further added on their official website that they have an obligation to buy him outright.

The 20-year-old follows Argentine defender Mateo Musacchio as the second signing for the Rossoneri as they begin a major squad overhaul under new Chinese owners Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux. Milan finished 6th in the Serie A last season and thus qualified for the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Kessié had a wonderful season with Atalanta as he scored six goals in 29 appearances (2204 minutes played overall) helping the club finish at 4th place, their best ever record in the top-flight.

Born in Ouragahio, Ivory Coast, Kessié joined the youth ranks of Stella Adjamé, where he made 10 appearances for the first team, scoring three times before signing for Atalanta in January 2015. The following season he was sent on loan to Serie B side AC Cesena where he made 37 appearances and scored four goals as the club reached the promotional play-offs. Kessié made his first team debut for Atalanta on 21st August last year as he scored a brace in their 3-4 home defeat to Lazio.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Milan TV, Kessié said:

“I want to thank everybody, my agent, the team and everyone. I m really happy to be a part of this club.”
“[I am] Here to become a top player”

Kessié will be given the number 19 shirt that he previously worn for Atalanta.