Milan Now Able To Call Up 15yrs Old To Replace Olivier Giroud

Written By Onyeka Daniel

With the international break now over, it’s back to club football and for AC Milan, it’s a chance to hit the reset button after a couple of bad results before the break. They will look to kick start that with a visit to Fiorentina, but will have to prosecute that match with a number of absentees.

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Manager Stefano Pioli has a lack of options up front following Olivier Giroud’s suspension and Noah Okafor’s recent injury, forcing him to look for solutions internally.

Milan currently sit eight points behind league leaders Inter and cannot afford to lose any more ground on their intercity rivals, which is why the club has decided to call up their young forward to beef up their attack.

The Lombardy Regional Committee have given Milan the necessary clearance to call up 15-year-old Francesco Camarda for their coming Serie A game against Fiorentina. Camarda has emerged as an exciting talent at Milan this season, joining their Under-19 Primavera squad at just 15. He’s hit the ground running in the older age group, scoring seven goals and providing two assists across 13 matches.


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As officially announced, the Lombardy Regional Committee have given Milan authorisation to include Camarda in their matchday squad for the coming Serie A clash with Fiorentina. Due to his age, the club were required to obtain permission from the local footballing authorities.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic were both involved with the first team group in Milan training recently as they eye a return from their respective injury lay-offs, while Camarda also trained. The Rossoneri have an injury crisis on their hands, with notable absentees both in defence and in attack.

Centre-back Pierre Kalulu is out long-term, and Simon Kjaer is also expected to miss out for this weekend’s game. Mattia Caldara will also remain unavailable for a number of weeks. Malick Thiaw trained on Thursday after recovering from a bout of the flu which kept him at home earlier in the week.

Loftus-Cheek also got a run-out on Thursday. He has not started in Serie A since the end of September due to a series of niggling injuries and fitness issues. He did manage a 25-minute appearance against Udinese at the beginning of November, but was rested against Lecce.

Pulisic, who has also missed Milan’s last two league fixtures, is reportedly in good shape and is expected to start against Fiorentina. Camarda has also been training with the senior squad over the international break, and will remain with the group at least until after winter transfer window when the club can bring reinforcement.


Charles De Ketelaere has started to disappear at Atalanta in recent weeks but the club haven’t lost faith in the Milan loanee yet. The Belgian talent arrived in Italy last year from Club Brugge, joining the Rossoneri in a deal worth around €35m.

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He was the club’s top signing of the summer, but he failed to impress in his debut season, providing just one assist across 40 games. Milan sent De Ketelaere to Atalanta in the summer, agreeing a €3m loan deal with a €27m total buy option attached.

There is no buy-back option attached to his move, but the Rossoneri included a 10% future resale clause. De Ketelaere had started the season brightly with Atalanta, scoring two goals and providing two assists by late September.

But he’s fallen quiet since then, struggling to maintain confidence. La Dea still believe the 22-year-old to be a top talent and are planning to activate his buy option next summer, but much also depends on his performances over the coming months.

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