AC Milan have announced the signing of Belgian forward Charles De Ketelaere on a long-term contract.
The Serie A champions announced the move in an official statement on Tuesday evening after many months of negotiations with Club Brugge.
De Ketelaere signing confirmed by AC Milan
“AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge FC,” read the club’s statement on Tuesday.
“Born in Bruges on 10 March 2001, Charles grew up in the Club Bruges Youth Sector before making his debut for the club in 2019. Since then he has made 120 appearances and scored 25 goals, winning the Belgian League three times and Super Cup twice.
“In November 2020, he made his debut for the Belgian national team and has since played for them eight times and scored once.”
The 21-year-old has signed a contract until June 30 2027 and he is going to take the no.90 shirt with the Rossoneri.
Despite only being 21, he has made 120 senior appearances for Club Brugge after coming through the academy with the Belgian champions.
In that time, he has scored 25 goals. He got 18 goals last season across all competitions in what was a breakout year for the forward.
It is widely reported that the deal will come to around €36 million. Milan were very close to walking away from the deal as they could not find a middle ground with Brugge.
The Belgian arrived in Milan on Monday night and underwent his medical on Tuesday ahead of the official announcement.