Karlsson to BolognaPublished on 23 augustus 23, 18:47
ALKMAAR - Jesper Karlsson will continue his career at Bologna FC. At the Italian Serie A club, he will reunite with former teammate Sam Beukema, who made the same move last summer.
Karlsson (25) arrived in Alkmaar about three years ago. He joined from IF Elfsborg in his home country. The Swedish winger left an impression on both Dutch and international football fields. In three seasons, the Swedish international played 124 official matches. Additionally, he contributed with 33 assists and 46 goals.
The agile winger not only scored splendid goals but also often made them at crucial times. His strike against S.S. Lazio in the eighth finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League last season proved to be invaluable. More than once, Karlsson won the Goal of the Month award.
Karlsson: 'Forever Special'
Karlsson personally looks back on a fantastic period in Alkmaar. "I had three really good years at AZ. I want to thank everyone at the club for their help, support, and the wonderful time. From my teammates throughout the years to the staff and everyone else in and around AZ. Additionally, I express my gratitude to the AZ fans for their tremendous and continuous support. Now, I'm looking forward to a new challenge, where I'll continue to develop in Italy and strive to bring out the best in myself again. I will continue to follow AZ in the future. This club will always be special to me."
Huiberts: 'Grown Tremendously'
Director of Football Affairs Max Huiberts about Karlsson: "We've been able to enjoy Jesper's qualities for three years. He's a player you come to the stadium for. With his specific abilities, he elevates every team. His personal development is also a testament to his successful period in Alkmaar. He has grown tremendously both on and off the field in recent years. We'll undoubtedly hear a lot more from Jesper on the international stage. From this position, we want to thank him for winning the hearts of many AZ fans over the past years and wish him all the success in Serie A."