AC Milan manager opens up on contract talks for Spurs-linked Franck Kessie

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AC Milan boss, Stefano Pioli, has admitted that the club are in talks with Franck Kessie over a possible new contract amidst reports linking the midfielder with a move to Tottenham. 

Tottenham allegedly expressed their interest in Kessie during the summer transfer window but the midfielder ended up staying put at the San Siro despite having less than 12 months left to run on his contract.

Reports have since emerged that Spurs are trying to snap up the midfielder as a free agent when his contract runs out next summer.

Tottenham are thought to be facing competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Kessie, with the Ligue 1 giants also ready to offer him a lucrative contract ahead of next season.

Some sources from Italy claimed last week that Milan are close to admitting defeat in their efforts to extend the Ivory Coast international’s contract, with the player looking increasingly likely to leave on a free transfer.

However, Pioli has now insisted that he has no fears over the future of Kessie at Milan.

When asked about the midfielder’s future, he told TuttoMercatoWeb: “I would like Kessie to sign.  

“The negotiations go on between the club and his agent, and I don’t think it’s the time to worry. 

“With Franck, I only talk about matters relating to the pitch and I always see him as positive and serene, there are no problems.”

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Pioli has to toe the company line here and likely cannot speak about any hiccups in the contract negotiations until the process is done. So, one should not be reading too much into his words. 

If Kessie indeed is available for free next summer, we should be all over that deal. However, it remains to be seen if the Ivorian would be open to a move to Spurs as several Champions League clubs will likely vie for his signature.

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