Donnarumma's 'Maldini response' details Raiola role in future move


Gianluigi Donnarumma has told Paolo Maldini in contract talks that his future is dictated by Mino Raiola, according to reports in Italy.

The goalkeeper and the Serie A giants will part ways this summer after they failed to agree on a new deal.

Donnarumma has been at the San Siro since 2013 but will now seek pastures new, assisted by Raiola.

The Italian’s future has been the subject of speculation for months with Milan keen to retain the 22-year-old.

Club chief Paolo Maldini made one last attempt to persuade Donnarumma to stay put after their final day win against Atalanta.

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport via Milan News, the goalkeeper replied by saying: “I do what Mino (Raiola) tells me“.



Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave the San Siro this summer
Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave the San Siro this summer

Milan have made plans for Donnarumma’s departure and will sign Mike Maignan from Lille for €15m.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper will earn €3m-a-year in Italy, but the move will still save the Rossoneri money.

Raiola’s and Donnarumma’s demands means it is still beneficial for the Italian club to pay a fee for Maignan and pay him a lesser salary.

Milan technical director Paolo Maldini appeared to confirm the player’s exit during an interview on the club’s official Twitch channel last week.

“He was a protagonist, a leader and often a captain,” he said of Donnorumma. “A professional must also be ready to change his shirt. It is increasingly difficult to start a career in one place and finish it there.



Paolo Maldini tried to convince the goalkeeper to stay
Paolo Maldini tried to convince the goalkeeper to stay

“We must thank those who gave so much for Milan and Gigio did it, without ever disrespecting the club. Our paths divide here and I can only wish him the best.”

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Former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi, who won three European Cups, was rather more blunt than Maldini, as he questioned Donnorumma’s decision to depart.

“I can’t hide my sorrow,” he said. “If he was happy with Milan, the club that made him grow and valued him, then he had to stay.

“In life, it is important to show gratitude towards those who gave you an important chance and this was an opportunity to demonstrate it. Also, the club had offered him a rich contract. So I ask myself: why go away? Why force the situation?”





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