GdS: Calming down a shaken Gigio becomes Pioli’s priority ahead of crucial Juventus game

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli will have the task of calming Gianluigi Donnarumma down after a turbulent last few days.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes, Donnarumma managed to mask the torment that was shaking him inside as he celebrated Calhanoglu’s goal and was heard bellowing orders to his team-mates several times, keeping a crucial clean sheet too.

Late in the evening though it emerged that something had happened earlier in the day: a confrontation with a delegation of fans, who requested that he is not to play against Juventus without a renewal this week, and tears from Gigio followed.

The club and Donnarumma clearly decided that the most effective way to keep situation under control was to give the fans a few minutes face to face, trusting everyone’s common sense. Gigio went, he explained himself, he came back and was touched by that moment of unexpected tension.

He received the support of the director Paolo Maldini, but the decision whether or not to field Donnarumma against Juve is a choice that belongs only to the manager. Pioli knows how to do protect his players, he shields and reassures, but a bit of calm must be found in a difficult moment.

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  1. MC Miker G says:

    I’m amazed that Donnarumma is seemingly oblivious to the fact that his reluctance to sign a new deal has had consequences, not only on how he’s perceived by Milan fans, but on the team’s performance in the second half of the season. He’s either incredibly naive, or incredibly badly-advised. Milan made him a very generous offer. If he ends up leaving on a free, he will be detested forever as a money-grabbing slimeball, and not only by Milan ultras.

    1. qwerty says:

      Well said.

  2. chandler says:

    McMiker G, call me crazy. but likely he just wants champions league football and if Milan qualify he will sign the deal.

    1. Martin Bernhard says:

      Even if that is the case and people would understand such wish he is only 22 and far from his top peak and as a goalkeeper he will have a long career ahead of him so whether it happens this or the next year really shouldnt be of much importance if he really loves ac milan as he proclaims. Had he been in another serie a club of some stature he wouldnt have gotten his debut before he had turned 20 so leaving now for money or cl i’ll see it as major disloyalty towards the club who actually helped him to this point.
      Anyways i think most milan fan could accept him leaving but not for free and deffently not free to strengthen an arch rival like juventus or inter. If that happens he will go over in history as the most hated milan player EVER.

  3. Zsolt Bertalan says:

    Anyone who pays him the big salary Raiola demands is a fool.Gigi is not that good. Keeping him for 6-7 million,fair.Anything more is a waste.

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