Alexis Saelemaekers


Alexis Jesse Saelemaekers (born 27 June 1999) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian Serie A club Milan and the Belgium national football team. Although he primarily plays in midfield, he can also play in defence.

Alexis Saelemaekers
Personal information
Full name Alexis Jesse Saelemaekers
Date of birth (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 21)
Place of birth Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 56
Youth career
2012–2018 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2020 Anderlecht 57 (2)
2020Milan (loan) 13 (1)
2020– Milan 27 (2)
National team
2017–2018 Belgium U19 4 (0)
2018–2020 Belgium U21 12 (0)
2020– Belgium 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:15, 21 April 2021 (UTC)

Club career


In October 2017, Saelemaekers signed a contract at R.S.C. Anderlecht until 2019. On 16 February 2018, he made his official debut against Sint-Truiden. He was subbed on in the 77th minute.

On 8 June 2018, he renewed his contract until 2022.

On 31 January 2020, A.C. Milan signed Saelemaekers on loan, with an option to buy.[1] Milan reportedly agreed a €3.5 million fee plus €1 million in bonuses in case of a permanent signing.[2] He made his debut as a substitute for Davide Calabria in a 1–1 draw against Verona on 2 February 2020.[3]

On 1 July 2020, Saelemaekers signed a contract with Milan which would keep him at the club until 30 June 2024.[4] On 18 July, he scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 home win over Bologna in Serie A.[5]

International career


Saelemaekers debuted with the Belgium national football team in a 1–1 friendly draw with Ivory Coast on 8 October 2020.[6]

Career statistics


As of match played 21 April 2021[7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Anderlecht 2017–18 Belgian First Division A 1100000110
2018–19 3001[lower-alpha 1]03[lower-alpha 2]0340
2019–20 1623[lower-alpha 1]0192
Total 5724030642
Milan 2019–20 Serie A 1312[lower-alpha 3]0151
2020–21 2721[lower-alpha 3]07[lower-alpha 4]1353
Total 4033071504
Career total 975701011146
  1. Appearances in the Belgian Cup
  2. Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  3. Appearances in the Coppa Italia
  4. Three appearances in the UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round, one appearance in the UEFA Europa League

References


  1. "Saelemaekers is a new AC Milan player". AC Milan. 31 January 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  2. "Milan make Saelemaekers signing". Football Italia. 1 February 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  3. Colombo, Monica (3 February 2020). "Milan-Verona 1-1: senza Ibrahimovic i rossoneri frenano. L'esordio di Daniel Maldini". Corriere Della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: ALEXIS SAELEMAEKERS" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  5. "Match report AC Milan 5-1 Bologna, Serie A 2019/2020". AC Milan. 18 July 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  6. "Belgium vs. Côte d'Ivoire - 8 October 2020 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  7. "Alexis Saelemaekers". worldfootball.net. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.