Ismaël Bennacer is, finally, a Milan player as he arrives from Empoli.
The contract has been signed for weeks now, but only today (Sunday) the official announcement in regards to the arrival of Ismaël Bennacer has been made.
Bennacer is coming after having a great season at Empoli, despite being relegated to Serie B, and after winning the Player of the Tournament Award in the 2019 AFCON, which Bennacer and Algeria won.
“Milan (the Club) announces the signing of Ismaël Bennacer from Empoli FC. The Algerian midfielder has signed a deal until 2024 with the Rossoneri,” the Diavolo wrote in a statement on their site.
“Born in Arles, France, on December 1st 1997, Bennacer began his football career in the Youth team of Ligue 2 Club Arles-Avignon, where he made his debut with the first team in 2014. In summer 2015 he moved to Arsenal, where he collected 23 appearances with the Under-23 team and made his debut with the first team in the same year. In January 2017, he moved on loan to Ligue 2 team Tours, making 16 appearances and registering 1 goal. Later, in 2017, he signed for Empoli FC.
“Ismaël initially represented France at Under-18 and Under-19 level, before opting to play for Algeria from 2016. He has earned 16 caps with the Algerian national team, including 7 appearances in the recent 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where Ismael has been named the Player of the Tournament, helping his team lift the trophy for the first time in 29 years.”
It is believed that Milan will pay Empoli €16m plus €2m bonuses for Bennacer, while the player will be getting around €1.5m per season. He’ll start working at Milanello on August 10.