Raiola believes Donnarumma made wrong choice by renewing; hints at infighting at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Mino Raiola has discussed the potential renewal of AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and the future of Giacomo Bonaventura.

Raiola was in attendance for Milan’s 1-1 draw with Juventus in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final, in which Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty cancelled out Ante Rebic’s opener.

After Donnarumma was close to leaving in 2017, attention has now turned to his future once again with his deal due to expire in 2021. A recent report from il Corriere dello Sport claimed that keeping Donnarumma will be anything but simple for the Rossoneri hierarchy.

Donnarumma currently makes €6m-a-year which is the most of any player in the current squad (with the exception of Ibrahimovic), and a number of reports have claimed that Elliott Management do not want to go above this.

Suitors are not lacking, and the report goes on to claim that Real Madrid are, in fact, now leading the chase to land the Primavera graduate.

His agent Mino Raiola was interviewed by SportMediaset in the mixed zone after the game about Donnarumma’s situation, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.

Is the future of Donnarumma clear?
“He will be a goalkeeper until 35-36 years …”

Is a renewal impossible?
“Nothing is impossible. We never talked about it, but I am still waiting for the apologies of the Milan fans. Of those who wanted to kill me during the last renewal negotiation, they said that I was m**da.”

Was the right choice to renew the last time?
“No. At that moment it was not the right choice, it was the choice of the heart. And if you make the heart choose, in that sense, the choice can also be right. He is happy, he has chosen to do what he has done, that what has been has been.

“I only look at the good of my players, my job is very simple. If there is a club that can do certain things then it remains, otherwise it is better that you go away. But on Donnarumma I don’t want to go further, because anything I say arises a fuss. He has a contract until 2021.”

He also discussed the future of Giacomo Bonaventura, whose deal at Milan expires in June with no reports suggesting a renewal is imminent.

“Eh, certain things come to an end. I don’t know, we’re talking, let’s see,” he said.

“Who knows, maybe we are looking for other ways. It is not known yet. I think the club must understand what they want to do: it may be that there is someone in the club who wants to renew Bonaventura and someone who does not want to.”

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