February 24, 2024

Simon Kjaer’s name will be on AC Milan’s team sheet right in the heart of the defence tonight when they take on Udinese, but his future beyond this season has been thrust into doubt.

Milan’s excellent results when Kjaer plays were a topic of discussion for head coach Stefano Pioli during his pregame press conference on the eve of the game.

“The defensive phase must be done as a team, we must be willing to sacrifice ourselves and communicate, this is also useful for tomorrow’s match,” he said.

“Then, I know Kjaer’s numbers very well because the boy often repeats them to me (laughs). They tell us that he is a leader, Simon is an emotional, technical leader.

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“He knows how to speak well and a lot, he knows how to take a stand. As for the future, it is too early to talk about the future of each of us.”

According to Calciomercato.com, the Dane joined in January 2020 and played a major role in the campaign to return Milan to domestic glory, as seen by the Scudetto victory and the Champions League run the previous year.

Kjaer is a leader, and Sofascore data demonstrates how, during the times he has been available, he has significantly improved the Rossoneri’s defensive play.

The 0.5 interceptions per game, 1.3 tackles found per game, 3.5 average recovered balls, and 0 errors that resulted in goals for the opposition all serve as evidence of this.

But that’s not all: Kjaer has won 56% of duels in Serie A games, of which 61% were on the ground and 52% in the air. Numbers which, it must be clarified, are from 11 games given his availability was reduced by muscle fatigue.

Though it may be too early for mid-January, Kjaer’s contract ends on June 30th. The defender’s intention has always been clear: he wants to stay for at least one more season, if not two, in order to conclude his time with the Rossoneri.

The ultimate word will go to the pitch, but as of right now, neither the directors nor any discussions have taken place.

Though nothing indicates that this would be his final season, the management’s choice appears to have already been taken. Of course, things could change, especially if he does well in Udine.

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