Official: Kjær joins Milan on a six-month loan deal with an option to buy

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Simon Kjær holding a Milan shirt at Casa Milan on January 13, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

Simon Kjær has officially joined Milan until the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent.

After announcing the move of Mattia Caldara to Atalanta yesterday, today the Rossoneri confirmed the arrival of Kjær.

The 30-year-old Dane spent the first half of the season on loan at Atalanta but didn’t get too much playing time. However, under Stefano Pioli and with a four-man backline, the club believes that Kjær can be a good option at the back.

“Milan have reached an agreement with Sevilla for the acquisition of Simon Thorup Kjær on a six-month loan until June 30, 2020, with an option to make the deal permanent,” a statement on the website reads.

“Simon Kjær, born in Horsens (Denmark) on March 26, 1989, started his career in the academy at FC Midtjylland, making his first-team debut in the 2007/08 season. During his career, he has also played with Palermo, Wolfsburg, Roma, LOSC Lille, Fenerbahçe, Sevilla and Atalanta, registering 20 goals in a total of 408 appearances. Kjær has been the captain of the Denmark national team since 2016, with 3 goals in 95 appearances.

“Kjær will speak to media for the first time as a Milan player during a press conference on Thursday, January 16th. The press conference will be aired live on the Club’s TV Channel Milan TV and on Milan Official App. Welcome Simon!”

Ivan Gazidis, Simon Kjær, Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara at Casa Milan on January 13, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

Kjær already trained with the squad and could be called-up for the Coppa Italia game against SPAL on Wednesday. The center back also gave an interview today to MilanTV:

Name…
“Simon.”

Surname…
“Kjær.”

Age…
“30.”

Zodiac sign…
“Aries.”

Simon Kjær at Casa Milan on January 13, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

Role…
“I’m a defender.”

Why did you choose Milan?
“It’s been my dream.”

What does Milan represent for you?
“It represents a historic club, with the toughest Champions in the history of football. The strongest defenders of all time were at Milan, namely: Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, and Franco Baresi… a lot of them. It’s been my dream for many years         and now I’m finally here!”

The Rossoneri legend that inspires you…
“Paolo Maldini.”

Simon Kjær at Casa Milan on January 13, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

In Rossoneri colors after our previous Danes: Thomas Helveg, Brian Laudrup, Jon Dahl Tomasson and Martin Laursen…
“I spoke with Tomasson last week. He had nothing but good words for Milan, the city of Milano, the club. Yes, I did speak to him a bit.”

You often score with free kicks. Who’s your inspiration?
“In my view, either you have it or you don’t! I have it, so it’s just a question of adequate training and practice. Sometimes, when playing for my previous teams, there wasn’t a designated free kick taker so I trained hard and took the free-kicks. I don’t feel the need to always be the one to take it, if there’s someone better they take my place, score and that’s it. If there aren’t any to step up to the plate, then I’m available.”

Simon Kjær at La Madonnina Clinic. (@acmilan.com)

Roma nine years ago, Bergamo and now Milan. What do you think of Serie A now?
“Many good players have returned to Italy, Italian teams are improving in the Champions League and the Europa League. It’s not like in the past where you’d lose the ball, fall back and remain there. The style of play is faster and has been modernized.”

What is your main goal with the Rossoneri?
“Lift Milan to glory as much as possible. Milan have many young players with good quality. I’m here because of the interesting project presented to me, it doesn’t matter to have arrived on a loan but I hope to show that I deserve to remain here and do my best for Milan.”

Simon Kjær at La Madonnina Clinic. (@acmilan.com)

You’ve often worn the number 4 on your shirt. Does it have any particular meaning for you?
“My career began in Denmark with the number 4 shirt, my father played with the same number during his time. I always tried to play with the number 4 shirt, if it wasn’t available I’d use 12, 24, 32, and 44 and so on. In this case, the number 14 and 24 were available but my dad advised me to choose the number 24 being that it was the first one I started with here in Italy. We hope this will be our final number here in Italy.”

What does it mean to be captain of the Denmark national team?
“Being the first to step on the pitch, representing your country is a feeling that’s quite difficult to explain. Let’s say regarding the emotions and all that… I’m honored.”

Ivan Gazidis, Simon Kjær and Paolo Maldini at Casa Milan on January 13, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

How are you feeling physically?
“I feel great. If there’s one thing I’m 100% sure of it’s that I’m fully fit and I’ve trained hard. I’m in the best shape ever, physically, and I’m ready!”

Playing with Ibra…
“Zlatan is Zlatan… He doesn’t need my comments nor anyone else’s to explain how good he is. Everyone knows his strength. At 30 or 38, he’s still the same person I’ve met many times, he might not have the same physique of 10 years ago but he is still devastating. I also watched the game against Cagliari and he’s decisive, which is why I believe Milan brought him.”

“Forza Milan!”

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Bring in christian eriksen and we will have 3 players that was either born or played fairly close to where i was born and live. Kjær, horsens, andreas jungdal bought in Vejle Boldklub, Christian eriksen, middelfart. Would be beyond weird for me to see that happen.

As ive said a couple of times previously i feel confident that kjær will do fine with us and jungdal even though unlikely to ever play for us is a talented keeper so who knows if he will get a chance in the distant future.

OmarLittle
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OmarLittle

He is joining Inter it seems… And honestly almost nobody wants to join this club right now except for mediocre players sadly that is the truth

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

Yeah i knew that was in the cards and wasnt really expecting eriksen to join us either but we can allway hope even though a very slim one.

nick
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nick

I get the impression that Milan sign Ibra, Kjaer and Begovic on a 6 months loan because come next season we will have new owners and a new coach.

Therefore, I would be surprised if anyone leaves permanently. At least I’m hoping no one gets sold except for Suso and Çalhanoğlu.

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

Not necessarily wrong in your estimates as the rumours seems to intensify lately but i wouldnt get my hopes up too high atleast not yet but still lets hope that Vutton is infact working behind the curtains to make a takeover happen. I think both Ibra and kjær could stay beyond this season though as they will add a lot of experience and enough quality and winner mentality to a young squad to justify such move. Now its up to them to prove it though.. Begovic propably only is here for the short term as milan deeemed it better to… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Regardless, January is always a tough time to get decent players, especially in our budget. Actually, this was the best time to get a new coach with both Allegri and Ancelloti (until recently) free. So I don’t know. It hard to figure out Elliot’s plans especially since no one really understands these ffp restrictions.

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

FFP restrictions are pretty easy to understand baresis dream, Simplified explanation – you cant spend more than you earn unless its on infrastructure like building a new stadium or training facilities. Thats the main reason why i think ffp is bs because each league has different commercial deals generating varying ammounts of cash. In that equation the english league has an advantage over for example the italian one as teams promoted from the championship to premier league earn allmost as much as the winner of serie a. Does that sound fair to you ? No, thats because it isnt fair.… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Thanks Martin, the jist is clear but god is in the details. Why are Milan so anxious to balance their books in January even though we spend big (and quite recklessly) in the summer? Why not just artificially inject money to the club (e.g. through sponsers like ManC)? And of course, why does this rule only apply to certain clubs and not PSG for instance.

In short, are Elliot cheap or do they have some master plan to invest but want to do it tactically to comply with ffp.

Milan10
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psg and man city sponsors ARE their owners, and they also did shady things with their players contracts, commercial rights and sponsorship etc. and of course they do so well both commercially generating revenues from tv and performance rights, jerseys/apparels and ticket sales and from footballing aspect. still, psg, barca and madrid cant spend as much as they did because of ffp. milan dont make money hence the cant spend while juve is doing well both on the field and commercially (especially now they have cr7) thus they have whooping 250m for transfer budget. now, can milan reach juve’s level?… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Milan10 that’s my point – If the owners can inject money artificially into the club, then this in effect means that FFP doesn’t exist; if Elliot want to buy messi or Imbappe they can simply become also our “sponsers” or something similar (using subsidery companies, ect … there’s literally hundreds of different ways of doing this, and I’m sure Gordon Singer can write the book on these). Clearly, Elliot are in it for the money; but its makes sense (financially speaking) to invest big now so Elliot themselves reep the profits (by inflating the value of our club). But, as… Read more »

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

I think Milan10 covered it pretty well but the idea of ownerships making inflated sponsorships with themself to insert money into their own clubs is infact a breach against ffp. Psg did it to my knowledge when the club was taken over by Al-Khelaifi as they found a hole in the rule set and exploited it to the max. This is not an option anylonger as it will be deemed to insert cash artificially into the clubs economy. Milan if taken over by new ownership regardless of how rich they are wont be able to just splash the cash as… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Sorry guys, but it’s not as simple as you think. I dug up Juve’s net profit/loss for the lass few seasons (statisa.com) in million euros-
2015: 4.1
2016: 42.6
2017:-19.2
2018: -39.9

… and previous years were worst for them.

How do they fund there shopping spree every summer? Even if this includes payments for infrastructure the numbers simply don’t add up.

Oh and by the way, how did WE fund our transfers this summer?

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

I believe there are some room for fluctuations in how much you are actually allowed to have of losses and from what i can see those numbers are within it atleast short term. See the ffp as a guideline for the clubs to follow rather than something written in stone so to say. We made a deal with uefa that we wouldnt participate in europa league and therefore scrapped the 2014-18 years of losses which gave us a new start. Besides of that we didnt really spend that much in the summer as we we both sold some players and… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Martin, some fluctuations? De Light this summer, and CR7 last summer is some fluctuations? If so, can we, AC Milan, buy Koulibally, for say 80 mil, and still be within these so called “guidelines”?
How about if we get rid of a bit of deadwood?

It’s hard to figure out Elliot’s plans because god is in the details, and in this case god = Elliot. Do they plan to resize so as to invest big? Are they stripping us for parts like a used car? Hard to tell, because very few really understand the lines they have to walk in between.

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

Well the details will offcourse be in the line of knowing jura and speciffic fields of it but yeah i believe it has room for some fluctuation but you simply cant compare milan with juventus as juventus is a proper working buisness who each year sell players for profit while participating in cl as well combined with the scudetto price money while we each year tries to make ends meet.

Milan10
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Milan10

im not an accountant but i invest and trade in stock market so i learned how to read financial reports. the most important things to see in financial reports are revenue, net profit and cash flow. im too lazy to check the reports before 2017 but i checked their financial reports and i found out that juve’s net profit has actually been growing steadily while leverage has been declining. they recorded net loss in 2018 because the increase of amortization. this could mean 2 things: 1) they added their debts or 2) they consolidate their amortization, meaning they put the… Read more »

King Kaka
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King Kaka

This example isn’t accurate. Without going into too much detail, the increase in amortization Juve has suffered recently is largely (but not solely) down to Ronaldo ~ approx 60 mil per year incremental is him alone. Btw, Juve are actually currently in danger of FFP repercussions.

Baresis Dream
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Fair enough guys. Milan10, the amortization argument makes total sense, I agree. Still seeing how operated in the last two summers, where suddenly we can spend almost like Juve (even though new ownership is still accountable for previous ownership revenue, apparently) is strange.

BTW, I didn’t check the numbers, but I wouldn’t right off our merchandising income, shirts, pes, and all. Obviously, Juve currently makes much more but as King Kaka points out this comes with a huge cost as well.

sfsfsfpsas
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sfsfsfpsas

Hope milan dont sell Piatek, he has potential.
Just need a quality manager…. Just look at conte at Inter.
Clear ideas and philosophy and all of a sudden titel contenders.

Milan653
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Milan653

Come on man
He’s a goal poacher that’s it
Even then when he gets chances
He still doesn’t take them
In the modern day u need a forward who can link up play

Agustinar
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Agustinar

Get Allegri back next season!

Valo12
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Valo12

At the beggining of the season “we want young prospects to build for the future”, 6 months later “3 players altogether a century old”.
Bravo! Drink your own piss now, incompetents. No doubt you don’t know what you are doing.

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

As much as im disapointed with how we played this season that comment simply isnt fair in my view as we atleast before those 3 players joined us had THE youngest team in top 5 leagues (England,Germany,Spain, Italy, France). I beleieve we havd an average age of 24 point something and adding 3 either either fairly old and one really old player hasnt toppled that average with much. We have played horribly this season as our young players hasnt handled the pressure very well and been unable to step up their game and now adding a few experienced players is… Read more »

Valo12
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Valo12

I am not complaining about having over 30 years old players in the squad, of course the experience is needed. The thing that i am trying to say, is why didn”t they do it before? Prepare a good detailed plan, mixing experience, talent etc. It looks like they are gambling and don’t give a fk.
“Oh the teenagers can’t do nothing, let’s get some experienced ones. Oh they can’t run 90mins, lets get something in between. Who is free on the market?” Well, it wasn’t sth we were expecting, right?
I’m just dissapointed man, that’s it. And they don’t stop dissapointing me/us.

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

Ok my bad then and fair enough as we propably should have forseen that we couldnt only rely on young players to take the leap forward. Maybe they was just caught up in being too confident of the players being up to the task or maybe it goes further up in how for example gazzidis and the ownership seemingly wasnt willing to buy players of a certain age previously.
Yeah everyone are propably beyond disapointed this time around.

Terry
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I think they are just consolidating for the season cause we are having new owners next season. This will mean a huge transfer budget and we can finally ship out some dead weight. Right now, I think we need a third striker cause we can’t rely on a 38 year old all season long.

I may get stoned for this, but Balotelli can do what Ibra is doing in this 4-4-2 system. We should consider it.

Milan10
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Milan10

like i said, balo has the quality to be ss in 4-4-2 but he has terrible attitude on and off the field; he jogs around like he owns the place instead of moving around trying to win the ball back and attack empty spaces between defenders.
balo and cassano are terrible tragedies

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Yep, Balo’s downside has always beenhis attitude; didn’t they catch him with a cigarette at halftime a month ago or so?

Milan10
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Milan10

benvenuto kjaer. im sure and do hope u’ll do well at milan. “Sometimes, when playing for my previous teams, there wasn’t a designated free kick taker so I trained hard and took the free-kicks. I don’t feel the need to always be the one to take it, if there’s someone better they take my place, score and that’s it. If there aren’t any to step up to the plate, then I’m available.” well, sorry to disappoint u but in match vs cagliari, ibra didnt even let hacan’t to take fk in dangerous area so i dont think u’ll execute free… Read more »

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

agree but i pretty much reads his comments as making himself available to the team as im pretty sure he realizes he wont be our designated free kick specialist 😀

Milan10
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Milan10

in other words, he pledges himself to be useful squad player, like laursen and tomasson before him. thats a good thing i suppose

Agustinar
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Agustinar

What type of defender is he?

Martin Bernhard
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Martin Bernhard

According to the danish wiki description which sounds correct to me then his main forces is in heading, duels and an eye for reading the game. He is 1.90 meter tall as well and in my view is a profesional in how he behaves and has the right winner mentality to succeed with us so i actually beleve he will become a succes with us atleast in some capacity if he gets his chances. The biggest worry i have in him joining us is if he wont play enough which would hurt the chances of my national team in this… Read more »

OmarLittle
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OmarLittle

LMFAO Milan is selling Paqueta but are keeping Calhanoglu is incompetence at the highest level

Valo12
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Valo12

Compared to Calha he is very good, overall…not sad to let him go, if they make some money from him. Do you remember how many hyped players have we acquired in the last decade, waiting to deliver,and sitting 9th on the table again? You can’t remember Alexander Merkel, can you? Il angelo biondo che fa impazzire il mondo? He was “twice good” as Paqueta. Fans need to see goals, assists, chemistry, not news all over the media and following blindly whatever they say.
And yes, the management is completely incompetent, no doubt about that.

OmarLittle
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OmarLittle

I remember Merkel but he was never hyped… The thing is that Milan will problaby not make any money on him they bought him for 35M and will problaby sell him for 30M or even less which means they will lose money on the deal atleist raise his market value first before you sell him because he is young & he has potential Calhanoglu however will only lose market value so better sell him now before they dont get anything for him the point is get rid of the trash first

Raven
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Raven

Good boy Cutrone make his team advance in copa italia, caldara on the first eleven.

Maldini, how Cutrone and Caldara are good enough to play in Copa italia?

Djuka
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Djuka

Have anyone watch Milan under Alegri??? No one remembers that curva sud put him on sale how bad he was, he won the title with us when he didnt have oponent, Conte come and take him title, he insisted on Matri when we had literaly agreed Tevez, he insisted on Muntari amd other dead weight, man who claimed that Monto is as good as Pirlo, he couldnt do anything in champions even he had Ronaldo, and you expekt that he wil do something beter now

Raven
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Raven

Castillejo ala Suso, good job. Piatek very lively.

A good performance against a serie b team. Bonaventura and Bennacer being scolded ala Guardiola? WTF

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

I thought Bennaser was quite good. Samu doesn’t have Suso’s abilities, there’s no two ways about it, but he seems to have a better “football brain”, making better decisions and in particular setting up his RB more often.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Milan-Spal halftime: Piatek scores and sets up the second, giving Boban/Maldini something to think about. Loving Bennaser’s game so far, and Krunic besides him is calm and effective in protecting the backline. Kjaer also very comfortable, although he didn’t have too much to do.

This new Bogan guy spal have is also impressive; could be a cheap option for DM backup (not that 45 minutes is too much of an indication).