- Aug 1, 2022
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Messias said a few weeks ago that he left Milan because he felt he was no longer playing for fun, but out of fear of making a mistake. I think that's very indicative of the pressure and expectations that arise at a club like Milan, where even the supposedly safe third place is not enough and criticism hails from all sides as to why they are not playing for the title and have been eliminated from the CL.
Some young players can cope with that kind of pressure. Charles, on the other hand, gave the impression right from the start that he was struggling with the transition from a small league to a historic Serie A club and the expectations, probably also due to the high transfer fee.
At Atalanta, not only does he now play in a position that seems much more comfortable for him, he has also had weeks and months to develop in peace under Gasperini's watchful eye, without feeling the weight of the fans' hopes and the relentless media pressure of the Italian press on a daily basis. I don't think he would have developed as well with us or that it was simply a question of patience. He needed the distance from us. It was a good decision to let him move to Atalanta, for all sides.
The only thing we got wrong was letting Atalanta retain the option to buy on him.
He's a young player with huge potential but the expectation was always going to be very high after how much we fought for him and how much we paid. If he was coming back next season with a point to prove I'd be so happy, as it is now he'll spend next season ripping shit up for Atalanta again before they sell him for a huge profit.