Gianluigi Donnaruma, whose reportedly attracting interest in Europe rejected a new contract because he felt threatened by AC Milan.
According to his agent Mino Raiola, Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli had put pressure on the 18-year-old footballer by telling him he would “spend the season in the stands” if he did not sign.
Raiola also mentioned that the team imposed a deadline og June 13 for Donnarumma to make a decision on the contract.
“We took a decision that we didn’t want to take. It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened,” Italian –born agent revealed.
“Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of mobbing,” he added.
Meanwhile, CEO of Milan Marco Fassone opposed the claims of Raiola and said there were no “threats” from Mirabelli that Donnarumma would not play while his contract ran down.
“Our position is clear—Donnarumma is not for sale, so will play next season at Milan,” Fassone said and added, “but we cannot risk anything and we are obliged to look for another goalkeeper.”
“The bitterness here has to do with the unpleasant way the situation was handled – it could’ve been done without damaging the club, but by leaving like this, they have cost Milan 100m euros.“
Fassone also said that if the Italian goalkeeper reversed his decision and stayed he would be welcomed with open arms by the club and fans alike.
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