After more or less hinting that Gianluigi Donnarumma would be leaving during the summer transfer window, Massimilian Mirabelli walked those comments back today, saying that speculation over the goalkeeper’s future away from Milan is “exaggerated.”
#ACMilan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli says it’s “exaggerated” to talk about Gigio Donnarumma leaving - “clubs will make their offers and we’ll see if they satisfy us”. https://t.co/Z6MPIRAjYR pic.twitter.com/bht90HkcQd— footballitalia (@footballitalia) May 14, 2018
Speaking to Sky, Mirabelli said:
It seems exaggerated to talk about these things.
The clubs, if there are any, will make their offers and we’ll see if they satisfy us. Donnarumma is part of the future of Italian football, he’s worth a lot.
We know the market, and we really think he’s worth a lot. We haven’t budgeted for selling him.
We’ll wait and then do what we have to do. That applies to everyone, we want players who want to participate in our project. We want people who are convinced.
If a player is to leave it takes two things: they have to tell us that, and there has to be a satisfactory offer.
We hope he stays with us and it’s the same for other players. If a player comes to us and says he wants to leave, the club he wants will have to satisfy Milan.
Donnarumma hasn’t come to us to tell us that he wants to leave. We are working to strengthen the team, not to dismantle it
Yeah, whatever, sure.
It still sounds like Donnarumma is on the move, but who knows. His future at Milan has been the subject of speculation ever since he broke through to the first team, but it might all come to a head this year. Mirabelli walking back his comments from over the weekend doesn’t change anything.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
After a lot of speculation, Italy has appointed Roberto Mancini as manager of the national team. [Football-Italia.net]
Gianluigi Buffon will reportedly announce his retirement on Thursday. [Black & White & Read All Over]
World Football Links
Fulham beat Derby County 2-0 at Craven Cottage to book a place in the Championship Play-off final. [BBC.com]