Gianluigi Donnarumma has spoken about his past, present and potential future with AC Milan during a revealing interview.
It is well documented that – after a stratospheric rise since his debut five years ago – Donnarumma is once again reaching a crossroads in his future at Milan. His current deal expires in 2021 and the club’s ownership have no intention of entertaining the idea of letting such a prized asset leave for free.
That means that we are heading towards a resolution this summer: either an agreement will be found over a renewal, or he will be sold in order to avoid the aforementioned risk, with a number of clubs apparently interested.
Donnarumma spoke to Rivista Undici and showed that he has clear ideas about the next few years of his career. His words were transcribed by Calciomercato.com.
“I want to have a great European Championships, and then I want to become the strongest goalkeeper in the world. My passion has always been that. Of this role, the thing I’ve always liked the most is adrenaline,” he said.
On the memories from his first ever derby, he added: “It is undoubtedly the most important memory even if in general the challenges against Inter generate great emotion.
“The adrenaline was at a thousand, the heart was two thousand, I want to win, I want to play well.”
He even lifted the lid on how he felt back in 2017, when some supporters of the club accused him of being money-driven following the debacle of his renewal.
“It is difficult to play when the fans are against you, when they whistle you. San Siro is San Siro. But I was never afraid. I knew who I am, I knew what I could do. Zero fear.
“It seems normal to me, I think this is what keeps me at these levels. I do things, and they seem normal to me. And then I like to command, I am happy to do it.”
On Milan, he added: “You have to trust the defense, you are the first to trust the team. You have to be solid. At the beginning I was shy, everyone was bigger than me. Now I’m one of those who has been at AC Milan for several years. I know to have an important role, I make myself heard.”