Happy with the renewal, but I’m pretty concerned with the 50m clause. the existence of it and the fact that it hasn’t been removed or increased. Makes me think that Isma wants to stay but has some doubts over the medium/longer term ambition of the project.
I suppose Isma can always refuse a foreign destination if the times comes, if we continue on the trajectory that we hope and expect.
Sissoko was trying to move Bennacer all summer long against his own will. It resulted in Benny giving Sissoko the boot and hiring Enzo Raiola instead to negotiate the renewal. This version has been reported by many reliable sources, Vitiello being one of them.
I think if Bennacer would have wanted to move rather sooner than later, he wouldn't have renewed. He still had two years on his contract and the very same clause. Apparently if @yungeddy
is to be believed he was always only a call away from City, Arsenal or Liverpool. With a renewal now
he's become also a little less attractive target because if he moves he'll ask for another payrise.
To me him sacking Sissoko and renewing is a strong signal for
Milan. But as @brk
said, a 50M clause that is to be paid in one instance and can only be activated before the 1st July of each year is not only his way of keeping all options open but also a very strong assurance for us too.
In the end, both Milan and Bennacer met in the middle of their respective demands. It's a good, strong partnership and I don't expect him to leave this or even next year already, because strategic wise, he would be better off not renewing if that was his intention.