Milan suspend search for a new ‘keeper as hopes of Donnarumma renewing his contract appear to be on the rise. Donnarumma is said to be seriously considering changing his decision and sign an extension with Milan, and for the time being the Rossoneri have stopped looking for a replacement in goal.
Days after throwing fake money at Donnarumma, Milan Club Poland had a different message for Gigio as yesterday in Italy U21’s match with Czech Republic they hang a banner: ‘Se hai il Milan nel cuore, cambia il procuratore’ – if you have Milan in your heart, change your agent.
This change of attitude from Milan Club Poland, and fans in general, derives from the stories that are being reported in recent days, according to which the 18-year-old Donnarumma is thinking of reversing his decision (or that of his agent, according to the Rossoneri CEO Marco Fassone), and renew his contract with Milan after all.
Gigio was offered a five-year contract worth over €5m per season plus the captain armband in the future, but he declined, apparently because he wants to move to Real Madrid. But according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia, the hopes of seeing Donnarumma renewing are rising.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Donnarumma’s family is not happy with how Raiola handled the situation and according to today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan boss Vincenzo Montella, along with his father Nicola, paid a visit to Donnarumma’s home-town Castellammare di Stabia yesterday, and after lunch they had the opportunity to speak to Donnarumma’s dad Alfonso.
It’s unlikely a resolution will be found before the player is done with the U21 championship (Italy could be knocked out on Saturday), but in any case, the Rossoneri have stopped searching for a new goalkeeper. “We respect Milan, we thank them for trying to sign Mattia with determination,” Mattia Perin’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, told reporters. “But for now, we’ve stopped all possible negotiations. Milan are right to focus on the Donnarumma situation. We’ve talked to Mirabelli, for us, the deal is off at the moment. If, in the next few days, Milan still need us, we’ll sit down with them again.”
Former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi, has meanwhile stated that “with my conviction skills”, he would’ve found a way to keep Donnarumma at Milan. Pre-season starts on July 3rd.