In-demand Kessie tells Prem suitors he’s in ‘no hurry’ to move

Date published: Tuesday 14th February 2017 8:42

Atalanta ace Franck Kessie is says he doesn’t know if his club have received any offers for his services.

The powerful midfielder claims to be “very flattered” by the interest in him, but says he is in no rush to leave Italy.

The Ivory Coast man insists that he is still happy to play for Gian Piero Gasperini’s men, who are in fifth place in Serie A.

“I read things in the press. I am very flattered that clubs of this level are interested in me,” he told So Foot.

“This proves that I’m having a good season, that I continue to progress. I don’t want to go too fast.

“I don’t know if my club has received any offers. I’m under contract. We’ll see if we need to discuss anything.

“I like Bergamo. The city is nice, quiet, and I appreciate life in Italy, where I was well received.”

Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Roma have all been heavily linked with the 20-year-old, who is under contract until June 2021.

In December it was recently reported that Chelsea had made a £21million bid for the rising star, but Atalanta are said to be holding out for at least £34million for Kessie

Unlike Kessie, the player’s agent George Atangana, has been fuelling the speculation and in December he told Guardian Sport:  “We have a lot of interest from the Premier League – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.


“I cannot say at this stage how much he will cost but we are talking about one of the best young players in the world.

“But for us the most important thing is that the technical project is the right one for him.

“Franck is very young so we have to be very careful about his development.

“Chelsea are very interested and it is a great club but we must take our time to consider all the options.”

Kessie has already scored seven goals and claimed two assists despite being a holding midfielder.


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