Charles De Ketelaere 

Position: Attacking Midfielder 

Age: 21 (born March 10, 2001) 

Shirt number: 90 

Country: Belgium (1 goal in 8 caps since 2020) 

At AC Milan since: 2022 

AC Milan finally got their man on top of their transfer wish list, as they unveiled the newest Rossoneri on their Scudetto defence this season. 

Born and raised in the city of Bruges, the midfielder is a proud product of Club Brugge, where he spent his youth career exclusively, having been a ball boy with the Belgian powerhouse at their home matches in Jan Breydel Stadium. 

De Ketelaere graduated from their academy on September 25, 2019, making his first-team debut in a Belgian Cup tie and played the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 away win at Francs Borains.

Almost a month later, he started on his European debut in the Champions League, and was substituted in the 57th minute as Brugge were routed at home to Paris Saint-Germain. In his debut season, they won the league when it was cut short by the pandemic, but they lost the Belgian Cup to Antwerp when their season resumed. 


He later won two more league titles in 2021 and 2022 with Brugge, as he compiled 120 appearances and scored 26 goals in all competitions and earned himself the accolade of Belgium’s best young footballer of the year in the latter. 

The departure of Franck Kessie made him the primary target of the Rossoneri in the transfer window, as he was acquired from Brugge for €32 million, making him the most expensive signing in the summer. 

Due to a deep midfield in the Belgian national team, De Ketelaere only made the first of his eight international appearances in their 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland in Leuven on November 2020, replacing Thorgan Hazard in stoppage time. 

He scored his lone goal for the Red Devils in October the following year, a consolatory strike in their defeat in the Nations League finals against hosts Italy in the third-place playoff. 

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