The Rossoneri defense leader earns 1.2 million a season and expires in 2022. The club plans to adjust the salary, but without binding with a contract that is too long
Kjaer at Chiellini? Not really, because it is unlikely that the club will be able to propose a two-year contract to its more continuous central defender (and five years younger than Giorgio), but the will to continue with the captain of Denmark is total. Simon’s current contract will expire in the summer of 2022, there is a need to study the most suitable formula to also take advantage of the discounts of the growth decree, given that the Dane joined Milan in January 2020, but has been in Italy since 2019. His engagement had been greeted with a bit of skepticism by critics and Rossoneri fans as Simon had played very little at Atalanta, but in the Pioli system he was immediately the protagonist: a cornerstone of the defense, a leader, the alter ego of Zlatan in the other area of the field. Kjaer remained at very high levels for most of the races, then he left for the European Championship and was also the protagonist in those days.
Here, hero: this is a word that perhaps he does not like and is not contemplated in his measured lexicon, but Kjaer has become a protagonist and cover man of the European Championship in spite of himself, not only for his presence on the pitch. Above all, he became the hero who with his readiness probably saved Christian Eriksen’s life on a June day, only to return to play and drag the team to an incredible semi-final. He was covered with praise from all the newspapers, radios and TVs in the world, on social media he became a beloved character. Then came the holidays, deserved, because the emotional stress must have been a lot, and the return to Milanello the day before yesterday, celebrated with a post on Instagram. “Nice to be back in the group.” Today the Dane will not be on the pitch in Valencia: he should stay and work at Milanello, but he will probably return to Klagenfurt against Real Madrid on Sunday, in the penultimate of the international friendlies scheduled before the start of the championship. End of the test series on the 14th in Trieste with the team in full force, apart from Ibrahimovic. And there certainly Kjaer will be there.
For Kjaer after the Eriksen case the Ambrogino d’oro was immediately invoked. It would be a great satisfaction, the consecration of a bond with Milan matured quickly, but now there is a season to start and a contract to sign. The Danish defender had a net salary of 500 thousand euros for the first six months with the Rossoneri and earned just over 1.2 million in the 2021 season. A salary adjustment to 1.5 is more than likely, while it is less possible at when he is offered a multi-year contract. The policy with people over thirty is quite clear, even if we proceed on a case-by-case basis. With Ibrahimovic, the annual contracts strategy worked well, but Kjaer is much younger than the Swede. We start with the intention of seeing each other year by year, then who knows. The important thing is the indisputable mutual esteem, which could make the renewal negotiation really simple.
Not just games
Kjaer is a very positive figure for Milan and not just for what happened to the European Championship. With his tactical wisdom he is the perfect leader of a young defense, he can make Tomori grow even more and give safety to Alessio Romagnoli, the captain who played so little in the season finale. Romagnoli and Tomori immediately went strong at the start of the season, with an excellent performance in the first friendlies. Now Kjaer is back and in the future it will be necessary to make a turnover in order not to lose mental energy. In a year that Milan hopes to experience more and more at the top there will be room for all three defenders. But Kjaer remains the center of gravity, in terms of experience and tactical ability. The renewal of the contract also takes this into account.
August 4 – 08:42
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