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Official: AC Milan Offload Struggling Belgian Attacker After Just One Season

The marquee signing of the last summer leaves on loan after a year as the management shock a lack of faith in him.

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AC Milan have officially confirmed on their website the transfer of attacking midfielder Charles de Ketelaere to Atalanta on loan with an option to buy. The Belgium international will leave the Rossoneri after one season which turned out to be a massive disappointment. The 35 million euro purchase last summer is rumoured to be a key factor that led to the dismissals of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara.

CDK was expected to be the breakout star for Milan as he was coming off a great season with Club Brugge where he scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists across all competitions playing as a second striker. At Milan, he played 40 games and contributed 0 goals and 1 assist making the move a massive bust. CDK will be hoping to relaunch himself under Gian Piero Gasperini in Bergamo and will likely have a grudge with us for the little faith put in him by the management.

Antonio Vitiello is reporting that the terms of the deal are a one year paid loan worth 3 million euros followed by an option to buy for 23 million. There are potential objective based bonuses that can add a maximum of 4 million euros to the deal. Milan will also get a 10% pay out on the future sale of the player.