Simon Kjaer: I’m Not Leaving Palermo... For Now

The Danish revelation has confirmed he will remain in Sicily this summer but aims to join a top club in the near future.
Simon Kjaer was relatively unknown when he joined Palermo from FC Midtiylland in a €4 million deal last summer, but soon made a name for himself in Serie A, so much so that he drew interest from Italian heavyweights Milan, Inter and Juventus.

But the 20-year-old, who penned a five-year deal last summer, now expects to stay in Siciliy, especially after the expiration of a clause which would have allowed him to join a foreign club for a fee of €12m.

“Enough with the transfer market!” Kjaer joked in an interview with the Sicilian edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Besides, my €12m rescission clause has expired. I will be more focused on Palermo and will stay put for the entire season. But my objective is indeed to go to a bigger club and establish myself as a first-teamer.”

Kjaer made 27 appearances in the Italian league last term and also gave an important contribution in attack with three goals.

“It was the best season of my career,” enthused the defender, who is currently on holiday in Mallorca.

“I discovered a new world, played a lot under [Davide] Ballardini, netted three goals and debuted for the Danish national team.

“I hope I will be able to prove I can be a leader now that I know Calcio much better.”

Palermo will start pre-season training on July 9 in Austria.

Vince Masiello,