There is optimism filtering from inside Milan regarding the renewal of Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to a report.
We reported earlier in the week via our market expert Vito Angele that Donnarumma’s renewal is a formality, and during a meeting between the soon-to-be manager Ralf Rangnick and CEO Ivan Gazidis in December, the German was told that the Rossoneri intend to extend the goalkeeper’s contract.
Before Sunday’s game against Roma, Paolo Maldini – Milan’s technical director – revealed just how important the club see Gigio’s renewal.
“Milan has a duty to try to retain an important player like Donnarumma, for what it represents as a player, as a symbol. He started in our youth team and in my humble opinion he is the best goalkeeper in the world,” he said.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday (via MilanNews), the words of the former captain are a very clear message to the ownership of Milan in that certain players must be protected and kept at all costs, even if it means surpassing certain parameters.
In the last few days the wheels have been put into motion, the paper adds, and Gigio has never hidden that he wants to stay but it is clear that there are many details to be worked out to find an agreement that satisfies everyone.
For the moment there have been no formal meetings to talk about the extension, but there may be shortly. The signs that filter are positive, there is a certain optimism regarding a two-year extension, but the release clause is an issue that needs resolving.