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AC Milan boss Pioli hails ‘indispensable’ Kessie after rediscovering form

12:39 BST 16/07/2020
Romagnoli Kessie celebrating Milan Parma
The Ivory Coast international has had a rejuvenated campaign since the restart of the league and has been praised

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has revealed Franck Kessie is now indispensable to his team after his recent performances.

The midfielder has been in fine form since the restart of the Italian top-flight after it was suspended in mid-March due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has scored three goals in his last three games, including his strike in their victory over Parma on Wednesday.

The midfielder has not been at his best since the arrival of Pioli in October 2019 and fell out with the Italian tactician a number of times but has been delivering superb performances lately.

“There was some problem at the beginning, then we understood each other and now he is indispensable for my Milan. Even in difficult moments of the game he is always positive and his teammates recognize this," Pioli said.

Kessie also explained his limited playing time with the Red and Blacks in recent times was due to injury and disciplinary issues.

“Nothing serious happened, I feel comfortable with him. In the week of Juventus, I was a little injured and then I arrived a little late for training,” Kessie added.

“It is for this reason that I have not been called up, it was the technician's choice. The fact that he then made me play again makes it clear that he has nothing against me and I have nothing against him. "

Kessie has made 33 appearances across all competitions for the San Siro outfit, scoring four goals and providing one assist.

The midfielder joined the Red and Blacks permanently last summer from Atalanta after his convincing displays during his two-year loan stay with the side.

The Stella Club academy graduate will hope to continue his impressive performances when Milan take on Bologna in their next league game on Saturday.

Kessie is also a key member of the Ivory Coast national team, having featured in 40 games for the Elephants.