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Alen Halilovic appears to be departing Milan and heading for Standard Liege

Former Barcelona midfielder barely played and was a curious addition last summer

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Alen, we hardly knew thee.

Alen Halilovic appears to be headed to Standard Liege in Belgium after only appearing a few times for AC Milan this season.

Halilovic was an odd signing during the summer transfer window, to say the least. He appeared in only three matches for Milan, none of them in Serie A. The former Barcelona midfielder was not offered a new contract by his previous club, Hamburger SV, after coming back from Las Palmas on loan. Both Las Palmas and Hamburg were relegated last season, and Halilovic was a free agent.

It’s important to note that his signing took place before the takeover of Milan by Elliott Management and the installation of Leonardo as General Manager (or Director of Football, whatever). He was the second player to be signed on a free transfer after Ivan Strinic, who is currently recovering from treatment for a heart condition.

Whatever plans Massimiliano Mirabelli had for Halilovic will be unknown, but it never appeared that Gennaro Gattuso was a fan of the player, and so it’s probably for the best if Halilovic is allowed to move on, either on loan or on a permanent deal. Halilovic seemed like a nice enough guy and didn’t cause any problems, at least in public, with the lack of playing time.

We wish him well in the future.