‘I want to stay at Milan for a long time’: Gianluigi Donnarumma hints that he WILL sign a new contract and insists there’s ‘no problem’ over his deal expiring at the end of the season… as Mino Raiola prepares to open talks
- Gianluigi Donnarumma has starred for AC Milan in their strong start this season
- The Rossoneri are unbeaten and also have a five-point lead at the top of Serie A
- Donnarumma’s current contract at Milan comes to an end in the summer of 2021
- The 21-year-old claims his agent Mino Raiola will begin new talks very soon
Gianluigi Donnarumma gave a major hint about his future by stating that he wants to stay at AC Milan for a considerable amount of time.
The goalkeeper has starred for AC Milan this season and played a crucial role in their 2-0 win over Fiorentina on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten start to the league season and open up a five-point gap at the Serie A summit.
Donnarumma’s contract expires in June 2021 but the 21-year-old has eased fears of a San Siro departure by stating that his representative Mino Raiola will discuss new terms with the club soon.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (above) has claimed he wants to stay at AC Milan amid contract talks
The goalkeeper claims that agent Mino Raiola (above) will speak to Milan about a new contract
The shot stopper told DAZN over the weekend: ‘My agent will talk to the club, there’s no problem.
‘I want to stay at Milan for a long time, but we’ll see what the club decides. I want to relish this moment as long as I can.’
Donnarumma has kept four clean sheets in nine matches for Milan so far this season, though one of his more impressive performances came against Fiorentina on Sunday.
Even without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Rossoneri made early strides in the game and went two goals in front in the first-half through Alessio Romagnoli and Franck Kessie. The latter also missed a penalty later in the opening period to deny Milan a bigger advantage.
The goalkeeper has been pivotal to AC Milan’s unbeaten start to the current Serie A season
But the Serie A leaders were indebted to Donnarumma in the second period, who made a crucial stop against Franck Ribery to deny La Viola a route back into the game.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper also made an impressive low stop in the second-half from Fiorentina captain German Pezzella who tried to head past him from a corner.
Donnarumma’s display earned plaudits from Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli, who used to coach the Italian national team, who described the Milan goalkeeper’s role in his side’s defeat as ‘crucial’.
The 21-year-old’s current contract at the Serie A leaders expires in the summer of 2021
Prandelli claimed: ‘(Gianluigi) Donnarumma made two crucial saves. We need to start again from there. If he hadn’t saved (Frank) Ribery’s shot we could reopen the game.’
Despite being just 21-years-old, Donnarumma has surpassed 200 appearances for Milan in all competitions since his debut i 2015.
The goalkeeper is also the Rossoneri vice-captain and wore the armband for the opening three matches of the current Serie A season, keeping a clean sheet in all of them.
Donnarumma has also been capped 21 times by Italy and is Roberto Mancini’s first-choice option in goal.