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Leeds United: Ben Jacobs claims Whites still monitoring Charles De Ketelaere

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Leeds United are still monitoring the situation of AC Milan midfielder Charles De Ketelaere, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.

The Belgian midfielder, who was part of the squad who were eliminated from the World Cup group stages, has had a tough time since his highly anticipated move to the San Siro this summer.

The 21-year-old chose to join the Serie A champions over Leeds, but has failed to score and provided just one assist in 18 games since his £29m transfer from Club Brugge.

Leeds are reportedly still monitoring the situation of the attacking midfielder, who could look to end his Milan nightmare amidst criticism of his displays.

“There is a feeling at Leeds’ end that they want to be kept abreast of the situation because there is a feeling that perhaps, from Milan’s point of view, he isn’t enjoying things there,” Jacobs told GIVEMESPORT.

“That might give Leeds an opportunity, potentially only on a loan, to get back inside De Ketelaere’s head and do something in January.

“Paolo Maldini at Milan has said many times that it’s a shame about the situation because he’s suffered since the move. It’s a new environment, it’s different kinds of pressures. He’s there on a five-year contract and he’s only been there a few months.

“So, we have to wait and see whether there’s a window of opportunity for Leeds United to perhaps give De Ketelaere something to think about.”

TIF Thoughts on De Ketelaere…

Although he has struggled since his move, it would be premature for both the player and Milan if he were to leave after just six months, but a loan deal may not be the worst suggestion.

The pressure of playing for the Serie A giants, as well as trying to adjust immediately to a new environment, has so far proven tough for the Belgian, and a change of scenery might boost his confidence.

However, if he is to leave on loan, and wants to succeed at the Rossoneri, then a loan move within Italy may be wise to help get him settled in the league.

Leeds will have to be patient to see how long Milan give the young talent to improve, but a permanent deal in January looks unlikely.

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