Kerkez swaps AZ for AFC Bournemouth

Published on 20 juli 23, 09:00

ALKMAAR- Milos Kerkez is making the switch to English club AFC Bournemouth after one and a half years at AZ. The left-back had his breakthrough season last year, playing 52 matches. During his time at AZ, he also became a Hungarian international.

Kerkez joined AZ in January 2022 from AC Milan. The Serbian-born player primarily featured for Jong AZ in the first half of the year, but after making his starting debut in the playoffs for European football against sc Heerenveen, he became an integral part of the team.

Rapid Development
The nineteen-year-old experienced rapid development and quickly became a fan favorite. In total, Kerkez made 57 appearances for the first team in Alkmaar, scoring five goals and providing eight assists. His performances also caught the attention of the Hungarian national team coach. Kerkez made an impressive debut for his country against Germany and has not missed an international game for Hungary since.

AFC Bournemouth
Now, Kerkez is leaving the Eredivisie to join AFC Bournemouth. The club, founded in 1899 in the city of Bournemouth, performed admirably as a promoted team in the Premier League last season, finishing in 15th place.

Kerkez: 'Forever in my heart'
"I am very sad to leave this wonderful club," Kerkez said in his farewell interview. "Especially because my career started to blossom here, first with matches for Jong AZ and then with the first team. I have been able to develop myself into the player I am today. Everyone here has truly accepted me. My time here is unforgettable. I want to thank the fans and all the staff. AZ and the fans will forever be in my heart."

Huiberts: 'Great development made'
Director of Football Max Huiberts: "Milos has shown tremendous development in a short period. It's admirable to see how quickly he has made such significant progress. Just like with Tijjani, this season was the year of his breakthrough. His boundless energy and drive were great to have in the team. After such development, it was no surprise that multiple clubs were interested. We will continue to follow Milos in his career and wish him much success in England."