Donnarumma: ‘Leaving Milan was my own decision’

Donnarumma: ‘Leaving Milan was my own decision’

Gianluigi Donnarumma said leaving Milan this summer was not Mino Raiola’s decision and stressed he never ‘spoke to other teams’ before his contract expired.

The Rossoneri goalkeeper didn’t sign a new contract at San Siro and moved to Paris Saint-Germain after helping Italy win UEFA Euro 2020 this summer.

The 22-year-old, capped 33 times by the Azzurri, said he made the decision ‘on my own’ and insisted Raiola only works to ‘satisfy’ his clients.

“There are decisions that have a longer maturation time,” Donnarumma told Il Corriere dello Sport. “I have always made professional choices on my own.

“My family have always left the decision to me and supported me. Mino did the same thing. He respects the wishes of his client 100 per cent and then he does everything to satisfy their requests.”

But the Italy international revealed he never spoke to other teams before leaving the Rossoneri when his contract expired in June.

“I left Milan and I had no contact with other teams,” he continued. “I swear. But I was sure that with a good European Championship, someone would turn up.”

Donnarumma joined the Ligue 1 side on a free transfer and has been joined by Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum and superstar signing Lionel Messi this summer.

“Milan is my home, I have been there eight years and I’ll always be a fan,” he continued. “But life is made of choices, and I want to keep growing.”

He now finds himself training with the Argentina talisman Messi, something he never pictured would happen.

“It’s a theatrical coup, I couldn’t imagine that I would find him here. This is a dream team.”
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