Gianluigi Donnarumma set to leave AC Milan as a free agent

The 22-year-old Italian goalkeeper's contract with AC Milan expires on June 30 and will be leaving the club after joining as a teenager in 2013.

Gianluigi Donnarumma; Credit: Twitter/@gigiodonna1

AC Milan goalkeeper Ginaluigi Donnarumma will leave the club when his contract expires on June 30. The 22-year-old joined the club in 2013 and made his competitive debut at the age of 16. The Italian goalkeeper has already made 251 appearances for the Italian giants. He made 45 appearances for the club this season in all competitions and ensured their Champions League qualification for next season after helping them finish second in Serie A.

AC Milan technical director Paulo Maldini announced that the youngster will leave the club this summer as a free agent. “He was a protagonist, a leader and often a captain,” Maldini said of the goalkeeper during an interview on the official AC Milan Twitch channel.

“A professional must also be ready to change his shirt,” Maldini continued. “It is increasingly difficult to start a career in one place and finish it there. We must thank those who gave so much for Milan and Gigio did it, without ever disrespecting the club. Our paths divide here and I can only wish him the best.”

Donnarumma finished the Serie A 2020-21 season with 14 clean sheets to his name, just one behind Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic who finished on top of the list. He is considered as one of the brightest young talents in world football right now and a number of top teams are likely to fight for his signature also considering that they don’t have to pay any transfer fee. Juventus, Tottenham and Chelsea are just few clubs linked with the Italian.

The youngster has already made 25 appearances for the Azzurri’s and he has also been named in Roberto Mancini’s Italian squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020 starting next month on June 11.

AC Milan have already identified Donnarumma’s replacement in Lille’s Mike Maignan. The 25-year-old goalkeeper made 48 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions in all competitions this season. Meanwhile he kept most number of clean sheets (21) in the Ligue 1 this season and played a pivotal role in Lille’s fairytale story to win the title with just one point lead over a star-studded PSG after the final match day.

The Frenchman was already spotted in Milan this week ahead of a medical, with the announcement likely to be made this week. Milan will reportedly pay a transfer fee of $18m for Maignan.




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