Gianluigi Donnarumma ends speculations and agrees to stay at AC Milan
Milan has signed a 4 year deal with the 18-year old Italy International
The 18-year-old was linked with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG has ended the long speculation by pledging his future to AC Milan.
Donnarumma rejected the offer of extending the contract beyond 2018 but a more improved deal has changed the mind of the young shot-stopper.
Reports in Italy said the deal was worth €6 million per year net and includes a release clause in excess of €70m, or less if Milan fails to qualify for the Champions League.
Donnarumma, who became the Italy national team’s youngest-ever goalkeeper, is set to become the third highest-earning goalkeeper in Europe, at €2 million a year more than Juventus and Italy No. 1 Gianluigi Buffon.
He was on his academy contract up until signing his new agreement, despite having played 68 times already in Serie A.
Donnarumma’s initial refusal to commit to a new deal upset Milan fans, with many blaming his agent Mino Raiola for trying to lure him away from the Serie A club in order to earn a substantial fee for his services. Buffon had backed Juventus to sign Donnarumma as his eventual successor, and Raiola said that 11 top clubs were interested in the young stopper.
The 18year old was with the Azzurrini for the Under 21 European Championships and fake dollar notes were thrown by Italian supporters and a banner with ‘Dollarumma’ written on it was also exposed.
After all these speculations of him leaving the club, he met with Mino Raiola and also had a close contact with Milan management. The Italy international decided to pen a 4-year contract keeping him at the club till 2021.
Donnarumma’s decision to stay at Milan will help Vincenzo Montella’s cause in rebuilding the squad. With the likes of Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Franck Kessie, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Andre Silva and Fabio Borini all brought in and with Donnarumma staying, the side will have great balance and solidity.