Official: Milan exercise the option to buy Saelemaekers on a permanent basis, the Belgian has signed until 2024

Alexis Saelemaekers during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on June 28, 2020. (@imagoimages)

Alexis Saelemaekers will stay at Milan for the next few years after convincing the management.

Saelemaekers joined the club in the January transfer window from Anderlecht on a six-month loan with option to buy.

Alexis has been used primarily as a substitute, either as a right back or winger. The 21-year-old has not been heavily featured but has evidently done enough to convince Milan to buy him.

“Milan announces having exercised the option to buy Alexis Saelemaekers on a permanent basis. The Belgian player has signed a contract with the club until 30 June 2024,” a statement on the club’s website reads.

The Diavolo will pay Anderlecht around €7-8 million for the full-time services of Saelemaekers, who will allow next season’s Milan coach to use his flexibility and versatility.

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“.. has evidently done enough to convince Milan to buy him.” c’mon, lets be real here. if thats the sole reason why milan signed saladmaker this morning then they should’ve also signed kjaer and extended ibra weeks ago. milan sign him because he’s young.
good luck saladmaker, make milan and milanisti proud

Zion Train

Kjaer- YES. Ibra-NO. Milan plays better without ibra as everyone is involved in the press. We have scored more goals per game and created more chances without him.

Ibra is too static and he doesn’t have the legs to press the opponents defense. He’s 38yrs old with a high salary. He’s a bad investment beyond this season.

Jovic, Gianluca Scamacca and Myron Boadu are better options for next season.


From teamplay point of view, what you’re saying is true.. However we all know another main reason why Ibra came at the first place is that he could become a pivot point from mentality point of view. In a recent interview (it was Theo who said it, if I remember correctly) the players admit that the team lost a leader when Ibra got injured. Let’s face it, Romagnoli is the captain, but in the past players like Gattuso and Sheva were also important from leadership point of view. Aside of Gigio, I don’t see the team have leaders on the… Read more »

Martin Bernhard

Assuming rangnicks is destined to arrive then i have to agree with Zion Train because he actually wants all of his players to be involved. Personally i wouldnt mind he was kept as a backup and one who others can lean upon. When that is said there is no way in hell i would offer him his current contract at milan because if i remember correctly he is actually paid 6mil from january to 1rst july + the 2 month extension that propably makes him earn more than what was initially agreed upon. I wouldnt pay him a dime more… Read more »

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“Milan plays better without ibra as everyone is involved in the press” u mean like tonite?
“We have scored more goals per game and created more chances without him.” u mean like tonite? also, i seem to remember milan scoring 16 goals in 17 games before ibra came along
boadu is winger/st in the mold of werner or depay. jovic has scored 2 goals so far while scamacca 8 times in 27 serie b games. how the hell are they better than ibra? aside from young age, they have absolutely nothing on him

Last edited 2 years ago by Milan10

Nice, he showed interesting signs of being fast and a good crosser. Both him and Kalulu are tall and fast wingers, just what we need.   I would glady see team with no inverted wingers, I’m OK with Paqueta, Hakan and Castillejo leaving, Bonaventura won’t be given an extension. Except Samu, those midfielders are technical players, but don’t have what it takes to break the opposition with incisive passes, they are good but they don’t dominate like Bennacer and Kessie do in the defensive stage.   What I’m trying to say is, I would trade technique/possession based football for counterattacking,… Read more »


I am happy with his purchase, because he is young and promising and very brave. He will become a very good player