Franck Kessie Outlines Ambitions After Completing Move to Barcelona From Serie A Side AC Milan

Franck Kessie Outlines Ambitions After Completing Move to Barcelona From Serie A Side AC Milan

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:06 PM
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  • Franck Kessie completed his free transfer to Barcelona and is expected to be presented officially on Wednesday
  • The midfielder is on record saying that he is not afraid of running and sweating to achieve his goals on the pitch
  • He is expected to form the base of Barcelona's midfield with Sergio Busquests entering the latter years of his glorious careers

Some past comments that Barcelona's new signing Franck Kessie made will definitely excite his new fan base.

Kessie completed a move to Barcelona after failing to agree to a new deal with AC Milan. He has penned a four-year contract in Spain and will be unveiled officially on Wednesday, July 6th.

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Franck Kessie has signed a four-year contract at Barcelona. Photo by Marco Luzzani.
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He is expected to play a key part in Xavi Hernandez's revolution and rebuild at Barcelona. Football Espana reports that the Ivory Coast international once said that he is not afraid of running and putting in the work on the pitch.

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I’m not afraid of running. It’s something natural for me. I earn a lot of money to sweat on the field. In Africa, some people walk 30 kilometres every morning for a piece of bread.

It is this kind of thinking that Xavi will be hoping to tap into. The 25-year-old could be a perfect understudy of Sergio Busquests, who in as much still pulls strings at the heart of the midfield, is approaching the twilight of his career.

Kessie could make a wonderful partnership with the rising talents that are Pedri and Gavi, who have already established themselves as regulars for the Blaugrana. Frenkie De Jong's future at Camp Nou is still uncertain, with Manchester United pulling out all stops to reunite him with his former manager Erik ten Hag.

Having been signed from Atalanta, Kessie was part of the AC Milan squad that won the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years.

Memphis Depay reportedly told to leave Barcelona by Xavi Hernandez

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez had reportedly told Memphis Depay to look for another club this summer.

Xavi is looking to raise funds to sanction a move for Leeds United winger Raphinha who reports indicate is interested in joining the club.

Depay found himself constantly on the bench during the second half of the season after the club bought Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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