AC Milan have sent a strong message with their firm and clear handling of the Gianluigi Donnarumma situation, a report has claimed.
As this morning’s edition of Tuttosport writes (via MilanNews), the handling of the Donnarumma saga by Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara, Ivan Gazidis and Elliott Management has been appreciated by fans, because they adhered to the principle that the shirt comes before everything else.
Milan also wanted to give this message to their other players, because Maldini and Massara tried in every way to convince Donnarumma and his agent, but every attempt was useless. The directors acted with intelligence to secure Mike Maignan as his replacement, finalising the deal in 48 hours and causing a shock for Gigio and his agent.
The club sent a strong signal to players and agents: at Casa Milan the rules are dictated by the top management, no one else. The Rossoneri have not participated in auctions for players, which is another firm stance, and now it remains to be seen what the impact is on other key renewals.