Posted on June 22nd, 2017
Where next for Milan wonderkid Donnarumma?
The footballing world has been shocked by the news that the prodigious Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has rejected a contract offer from boyhood club AC Milan.
The rejected contract extension is reported to have been in the region of £80,000 a week.
Whilst the news that Donnarumma had decided to leave the club was initially given long odds with bigfreebet.com, there had been rumours late last week, and i Rossoneri confirmed the decision in a press statement: “Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan.
“We had made a strong proposal. The player evaluated it and made some evaluations that were not just economic, but he told us that he does not wish to renew the contract and his time with Milan will therefore conclude by June 30, 2018.
“We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future
Donnarumma has made four international appearances for Italy, becoming his country’s youngest ever goalkeeper in September 2016.
The news that one of world football’s greatest prospects is now on the market will have put many of Europe’s elite clubs on red alert. Real Madrid have already linked to a move for the goalkeeper and Donnarumma is said to be keen on a move to the Spanish giants.
Mino Raiola appears intent on ensuring that he can push through an exit from the club, with many outlets reporting that the super-agent is threatening to take legal action against Milan should they seek to block any transfer deal.
The 6’5” 18-year-old has already made 68 league appearances for Milan, having made his professional debut for the club at the age of 16 years and 242 days.
The decision to reject the contract is in stark contrast to quotes made from the goalkeeper in 2016 in which he declared “I really like the idea of renewing my contract and I also like to think I will have a lasting relationship with Milan for the coming years”.
Donnarumma, who has already won enumerate plaudits from his fellow professionals for his athleticism and decision making ability during his short professional career, is widely considered to the heir apparent to Gianluigi Buffon’s throne when the iconic keeper does eventually retire from the game.
His decision to leave the club will come as a massive blow for a team that has already invested heavily this summer in their pursuit to re-establish the club at the top of Italian football.