Mental coach insists Donnarumma’s performances will not be affected by renewal saga

By Oliver Fisher -

Mental coach Stefano Tirelli has insisted that Gianluigi Donnarumma’s performances will not be affected by his renewal saga.

Sky Italia (via MilanNews) reported on Saturday that a group of organised fan groups gathered outside Milanello and asked for a discussion with Donnarumma. Strong words were exchanged, and Donnarumma was even asked not to take the field against Juventus in case of non-renewal by next Saturday.

Then, il Corriere della Sera reported this morning (via MilanNews) that the encounter the delegation of Rossoneri ultras has ‘shaken’ Donnarumma a lot, who now seems to be even more confused about his future. In view of Sunday’s match against Juventus – which is a real Champions League play-off – the tension is really sky high as per the paper.

Tirelli commented on Donnarumma’s situation in view of the match against Juventus on Sunday during an interview with Tuttosport, and his comments were relayed by MilanNews.

“I don’t know Donnarumma directly, so I can’t express myself in this sense. In general, every player is different from the other. it would be necessary to understand what kind of tools and mental preparation such a young person has at this moment,” he said.

“There are athletes who are able to isolate situations of potential disturbance from the outside because, either by nature of their own or for a specific mental training, they manage not to let themselves be influenced from the outside environment, be it fans who boo at you in the stadium, insults on social networks or pressure from fans.

“There are other athletes who do not have this type of innate or acquired tools and for this type of people the mind would not be clear or ready for such an important event. If the chaos of the renewal can affect? ​​From my direct experience with many players, I answer no. Because when a player enters the field reactivates the performance mechanisms that are recorded at the level of the emotional brain which are the basic ones.

“They are more emotional mechanisms than those related to issues of contract renewal or change of company: I have never seen an altered performance for this.”

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