Gianluigi Donnarumma has let AC Milan know that he would not be extending his contract with them, leaving a prospective move away from the club open.
While the contract runs for one more year until 2018, AC Milan might attempt to keep hold of the goalkeeper for next season, only to let him walk away as a free transfer next June.
Dubbed as the next “Buffon,” Donnarumma’s quality was apparent right from his younger years as he was inducted into the first team right at the age of 16. Since then, he has been a starter for the club, and has provided countless occasions displaying his precocious talent.
The Rossoneri would have hoped to keep him for the next 20 years, but that was not to happen.
His agent, Mino Raiola, was seen meeting the Milan officials on Thursday for around 40 minutes. The club’s general manager, Marco Fassone, emerged soon afterward to announce that no more negotiations over a new contract will take place.
Right outside Casa Milan, Fassone chose to reveal: “Mino Raiola has told me Donnarumma’s decision not to extend [his contract]. The decision is final.”
Marco Fassone: "Donnarumma ha deciso di non rinnovare" ➡️ https://t.co/FGEFFsM3hT
— AC Milan (@acmilan) June 15, 2017
The news has already set several clubs across Europe on their toes, as they would now want to bid on the Italy international, who has already played a few friendlies for his country.
Mino Raiola revealed only 2 weeks ago that over 11 clubs are interested in the Prodigy – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Napoli, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Everton. With so many clubs eyeing the shot-stopper, the value is sure to soar up.
Despite best attempts by the San Siro club to hold onto the player, it is clear that Donnarumma seeks his future elsewhere.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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