Brahim Díaz Joins AC Milan on Loan From Real Madrid

Sep 4, 2020, 6:40 PM GMT+1
Brahim Diaz
Brahim Diaz has joined AC Milan | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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AC Milan have completed the transfer of midfielder Brahim Diáz from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

The Spaniard joined Real from Manchester City in January 2019 for a fee of over £15m but has since managed only 21 appearances for Zinedine Zidane's side, with just six of those outings coming as starts.

He often found himself lost in purgatory between the senior squad and the reserves, prompting Real to look for somewhere to loan Díaz for the 2020/21 season, and Milan took to their official website to confirm they had won the race for his signature.

Díaz, who has been handed the number 21 shirt, has already joined up with manager Stefano Pioli and the rest of the squad ahead of the new Serie A season, which will get underway on September 19.

For 21-year-old Díaz, this move will represent a much-needed chance to get his career back on track. He has played less than 600 minutes of competitive football since leaving City and will be relishing the chance to strut his stuff once more.

Brahim Diaz
Diaz has found minutes hard to come by | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

He will certainly get that chance with Milan, who have made a conscious effort to add some more young players in the transfer market this summer.

Belgian winger Alexis Saelemaekers, who is also 21, has joined from Anderlecht alongside former Lyon right-back Pierre Kalulu, but the biggest deal of their summer will likely be the imminent acquisition of midfielder Sandro Tonali from Brescia.

Sandro Tonali
Milan are close to signing Tonali | MB Media/Getty Images

Milan managed to snatch sixth spot in the Serie A standings last season, earning themselves a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds, with Irish side Shamrock Rovers their first opponent.

After a disappointing exit in the group stage in the 2018/19 season, Milan will be desperate to enjoy a lengthy run in the competition on their quest to finally reestablish themselves as one of Italy's finest sides.

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