Gianluigi Donnarumma has revealed that he is ‘calm’ about his renewal situation as he documented Milan’s resurgence since lockdown.
Milan have been top for the vast majority of the season – since the early rounds in fact – but at the weekend they were surpassed by Inter, who beat Lazio to take advantage of the Diavolo’s slip-up against Spezia.
That means the eyes of Italy and football fans around the world will be glued to San Siro on Sunday afternoon as the Rossoneri meet the Nerazzurri.
Interviewed by Sky, Donnarumma spoke about how Milan’s journey to being a Scudetto contender was basically triggered by the belief that one game brought.
“After the lockdown, after the match against Juve, we understood that we could make a turn and everything started from there. With Mr. Pioli we work well, we are well on the pitch, we work a lot on the defensive phase which was one of the main aspects in this year, now we have to continue working because we have not done anything yet, there is still a long way to go and we hope to continue having fun,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Is it the best moment of my career? After the Super Cup against Juve, yes. That was an incredible moment, the first trophy with Milan, unforgettable. But this is one of the best moments.”
On the current Milan: “We are certainly more of a team. I don’t know if Milan are the strongest but now we are more of a team, we are good together, we have fun and we are a great group. I think this is the fundamental thing to aim high.”
On the Scudetto: “It is a Milan that can fight for the Scudetto, which must not be satisfied. Our goal is the Champions League, but we will do the calculations in the end.”
On the Champions League: “It’s a dream to play it, going back there would mean taking Milan where it deserves.”
On Ibra: “Ibra is a champion, he never gives up, he helps everyone. He is the first to come to the field and the last to leave. He is an example for everyone, he is giving us a great hand on this too.”
On his growth: “Sometimes I was wrong in attitudes on the pitch, but it’s part of the experience, I was still a kid. Now I’m much more mature, I improve game after game. The more you go forward, the more you mature and I think I’m on the right path.”
With six months left until his contract expires, the pressure on Milan is growing by the week to find an agreement or risk losing such a talented player for free.
Despite the situation, numerous sources are claiming that Donnarumma wants to stay at his boyhood club and that the management are optimistic about finding an agreement.
On his renewal, Gigio added: “How do I live this phase? Peacefully, as I have always lived the years here at Milan. I am calm, I always try to give my best and always give a hand to my team-mates, training 100% and giving everything for this shirt.”