Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Donnarumma Needs To Get His Head Together

Luca D'Amico-Wong in Editorial, Serie A 3 Jul 2017


Donnarumma has faced controversy over his recent decisions. He needs to make a decision, and he needs to make it now. Image: The Sun

What’s up with Donnarumma? After a series of denials, threats, and total chaos, the wonderkid didn’t seem so wonderful at the U21 Euros, conceding three goals to Spain in the semifinal. The keeper needs to make a decision before it ends up costing him dearly.


Transfer Problems

It seems as though the only place Donnarumma would leave Milan for would be Real Madrid. PSG have basically offered him a blank check, but they’ve declined in recent years, and Gigio doesn’t seem to be all too interested in them. For the time being, it seems as though Zidane is content to stay with Keylor Navas, meaning that Donnarumma will have to wait at least until next year to make a move. De Gea has also been linked with the Champions League victors, and it’s definitely not guaranteed that Real Madrid are willing to shell out the big bucks for Donnarumma, especially when he’s so young and after he put in a pretty miserable performace at the U21 Euros.

There’s also the added problem of his agent, Raiola. Mino certainly wants a transfer as it would get him an outrageous sum of money, similar to the tens of millions of euros he got for the Pogba transfer last year, although Juventus is now under investigation for mysterious deals that may have occurred during that process. Donnarumma doesn’t want to leave unless it’s Real, but his agent does. They have to communicate better, and however much money Raiola might not get, the agent has to act in the player’s best interests. It would be wrong and immoral not to, but then again, it is Raiola.


To Renew Or Not To Renew?

Numerous reports insist that Donnarumma wishes to stay at Milan, but they said that last time, and that obviously didn’t turn out to be true. Raiola wants a transfer as it will give him a huge sum of money, but he can’t go against the wishes of the player and the family without risking being fired. Milan are offering him 5 million a year, an outrageous amount of money, and he wouldn’t get much more if he were to go to Real Madrid, which seems to be the only other club he’s interested in. The contract would cost Milan a total of 50 million as they would have to cover the taxes as well, and it’s quite generous of Fassone and Mirabelli to offer Gigio the same contract, especially after the previous betrayal.

All signs are pointing towards a possible renewal, but this is football, and especially with Mino Raiola being his agent, you never know what could happen.


Hate, Threats, and More

If Donnarumma doesn’t end up making a decision soon, his reputation with the Rossoneri fans will deteriorate even further. The Curva Sud has had enough with Donnarumma and pesky agent Raiola, and these constant delays certainly aren’t helping the situation. Donnarumma was a fan favorite, an idol for all Rossoneri fans, and a candidate to join Maldini as a club legend. That’s no longer the case.

He will be criticized, he will face pressure. He’s not going to be considered a kid anymore. Mistakes like those against Pescara won’t be accepted so easily. By betraying Milan, Donnarumma has essentially ruined any chance he had at becoming a historic Milan player like Maldini or Baresi. He’ll still be loved by the fans, but he won’t receive the same support that he used to. The only way that Milan fans would be willing to completely forgive him is if he were to fire Raiola, make a public apology to Milan and their fans, and take a lower salary than the one offered to him as punishment for his reckless decisions. Of course, that isn’t going to happen.


Things won’t be the same for Donnarumma if he comes back, and they won’t be the same if he moves. Whatever Gigio wants to do, he better do it quickly before he just gets himself into more trouble. Milan fans are already outraged, but I’m sure they’ll forget their anger, at least partially, if Donnarumma does decide to stay after all. I, for one, don’t want to see such a great young talent like Gigio ruin his career like this. Please, I’m begging you Donnarumma, just make the right choice, whatever that may be.


Luca D'Amico-Wong

Writer for Various Blogs including The AC Milan Offside on SBNation, Courtside Watch, Forza Italian Football, Clash Royale Tactics, and Soccer News. Loves AC Milan and Roger Federer. Avid football and video game fan who loves to travel. Will find blogging about football and video games in his free time.



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