Franck Kessié has stated ‘I have nothing against Pioli and he has nothing against me’ and played down the rumours that Napoli want him.
After getting excluded from the squad list for the match against Juventus and watching Rade Krunić in his place, Kessié seems to have reconquered his place in the starting XI of Stefano Pioli.
With Gennaro Gattuso now coaching Napoli, replacing the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, there are rumours that Kessié is a transfer target for the Partenopei and that Milan would be willing to sell for €20-25m.
“I feel good with Pioli like with all the coaches I’ve had at Milan,” the Ivory Coast midfielder said in an interview with Sportmediaset on Thursday. “The fact that now I play makes everyone understand that I have nothing against him and he has nothing against me.
“The exclusion from the squad against Juventus? There was nothing serious with Pioli, I feel good with him. I didn’t play against Juventus but I was injured in that week and then I was a bit late [to training], so he didn’t call me up. It was a coach’s decision, nothing serious. The proof is that he’s played me, he has nothing against me and vice-versa.
“The beginning of the problematic season? We made some false steps at the start but now we are growing, we are working to reach our objective. Champions League qualification? In my opinion everything is still open.
“The mercato rumours? If I had wanted to leave then I already would’ve done. I want to stay here for many years, as I supported the Rossoneri since I was a child. It’s a dream come true for me to play for Milan and I will always give my best for these club colors.]
“My idols as a child? Especially Clarence Seedorf. I also liked Essien and when he arrived at Milan I was very happy.”
Kessié’s agent, George Atangana, spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss today about the Napoli rumours: “I heard Gattuso compliment him. It is true that the coach has the player’s esteem, but you cannot always associate his name with that of Kessié. There were negotiations a few years ago and Kessié was on the verge of joining Napoli, but then nothing came of it. I see him at Milan, but I won’t rule anything out.
“The January transfer window is coming up, so if an offer were to come in, we’d take it into consideration.”