40m-rated star told he is making ‘mistake of the year’ by rejecting Leeds United

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After a lengthy pursuit, it looks as if Leeds United may lose out on Belgian forward Charles de Ketelaere. The 21-year-old has attracted plenty of interest from Yorkshire but recent signs point to the fact that he may finally end up going to Serie A, to play for Milan.

Scoring 18 goals for Club Brugge last season, his name has been well-known to scouts around the continent for some time, but de Ketelaere took a decisive step forward last season. Jesse Marsch’s side made their interest clear early on, but it appears they may be beaten to his signature as negotiations near their decisive point.

The clubs seem content to put up the money, but de Ketelaere’s decision to go to Milan looks to be key. However that’s a mistake, according to former Dutch international Jan Mulder. Now a pundit, Mulder has claimed that de Ketelaere will regret choosing Milan over Leeds. Sport Witness carried his words.

“Charles does not want to live and play football at a club that fought against relegation last season. But Leeds, under coach [Marcelo] Bielsa, played some of the nicest football in the world in recent years.”

“Under Red Bull Salzburg-American Jesse Marsch, who wanted De Ketelaere and immediately pledged the requested 40 million, they are doing about as well in terms of attack. (That’s) exactly the game that suits De Ketelaere. The Premier League, where the pace is murderous and the opposition fiercer, is better and much more attractive than the bygone glory of Serie A.”

“Charles chooses the worshippers of sentiment. The mistake of the year.”

Even if there is an argument that the Premier League is the place to be at the moment, the pull of a historic club like Milan, with seven Champions Leagues to their name, cannot be understated. De Ketelaere will also be able to call San Siro home and compete in Europe next season, where his talents may shine just as bright. Equally, at 21, de Ketelaere has plenty of time to move to the Premier League down the line.


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  1. The offer of Leeds is really too high for the young Belgian. Are you really sure this offer has not been made to create an issue with AC Milan from the President of Leeds (an Italian guy from Milan who would be pleased to buy Inter FC, the historical enemy’s of AC)

  2. CDK appears to be a class act. LUFC should still put the fear of God up European clubs, as well they once did, year in year out, in the 70’s and early noughties. Therein lies the issue with the modern team/Directorship/Management, why aren’t they such a force now? With the likes of Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Mark Viduka, Lee Bowyer, et al, CDK, would not have needed any convincing, no brainer, home address, LS11 weeks ago…..!!!!

  3. This journalist knows nothing about soccer or football because he won’t be writing this garbage
    What’s fantastic about Leeds? Will you advise your son or brother to go to Leeds when a club like Milan is calling?
    Milan is the current champions and has a future foundation for younger players like him
    Even it’s a privilege for him to wear the jersey of such great club
    So the journalist should go back to school and learn more graduate before writing

  4. Leeds should have pulled out of the transfer offer as soon as the player made it clear he wants Milan. Why try to buy someone who is not willing to play for you?
    Milan is the bigger ub both historically and currently and it’s not even close.
    The Premier league has a lot of money but outside of Man City and Liverpool, joining the other clubs is step 1 to ruining your career

    1. EPL Is not for developing but ruining players levels. Look no further Paul Pogba now and when was in Juv. Another example?? Lukaku knew it that’s why he’s back to inter

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