Gigio Donnarumma decided not to renew his contract with AC Milan this past summer and ended up Paris Saint-Germain. It’s safe to say, however, that the Rossoneri haven’t exactly missed the No.99.
When the Italian decided to leave, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara immediately brought in Mike Maignan from Lille in a €13m transfer. Even with that and his salary combined, it was cheaper than renewing Donnarumma.
Maignan has certainly stepped up and shown his qualities for the side as in addition to making many good saves, his distribution has been key for Milan. His recent injury is unfortunate, but that doesn’t take anything away from his start with the club.
Speaking live on Sky Italia, as cited by MilanNews, journalist Matteo Marani explained why the departure of Donnarumma has made the Rossoneri stronger. Looking at the start of the season, we can only agree with him.
“Maignan is a heavy absence, like that of Theo Hernandez. The group was stronger than the absence of Ibrahimovic and that of Donnarumma. The exit of Donnarumma strengthened the group, it didn’t make it weaker. They know they can do it even without Donnarumma, an exit that made the group more compact,” he stated.