Gianluigi Donnarumma and his agent Mino Raiola were unable to agree a new deal at AC Milan as they engaged in a contract standoff with the goalkeeper penning an emotional exit letter on social media
Gianluigi Donnarumma penned an emotional farewell letter to AC Milan ahead of his move to PSG.
The goalkeeper played a starring role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph over England, saving three penalties in the shootout.
He has long been touted as one of Europe’s leading shotstopper after making his Milan debut aged 16.
Now though he has decided to leave the San Siro after a contract stand off that eventually saw the Rossoneri allow Donnarumma to leave on a free.
The Italian is advised by super agent Mino Raiola, who was looking to negotiate a pay rise for his client.
Donnarumma is already the third-highest paid goalkeeper in the world on a reported £195,000-per-week and the Serie A side could not afford to bump up his wages.
Raiola was looking to offload his player as he looked to back Milan into a corner, but the Italians refused to budge and simply accepted that they would cut ties.
The decision was met with both anger and sorrow, as former manager Arrigo Sacchi said: “In life, it is important to show gratitude towards those who gave you an important chance and this was an opportunity to demonstrate it.
“Also, the club had offered him a rich contract. So I ask myself: why go away? Why force the situation?”
Nevertheless, Donnarumma has written an emotional letter as he prepares to begin life at the Parc des Princes.
He wrote: “Some choices are difficult, but they are part of a man’s growth.
“I arrived at Milan when I was little more than a child, for eight years I wore this shirt with pride, we fought, suffered, won, cried, celebrated, together with my team-mates, my coaches, all those who have made and are part of the club, together with our fans who are an integral part of what has been a family for many years.
“In the Rossoneri shirt I also achieved personal goals, such as my debut at 16 in Serie A. I lived through extraordinary years that I will never forget.
“Now the time has come to say goodbye, a choice that was not easy, indeed, and certainly a post is not enough to explain it, or perhaps it cannot even be explained because the deepest feelings can hardly be translated into words.
“What I can say is that sometimes it is right to choose to change, to face difficult challenges, to grow, to complete oneself.
“All the Rossoneri I met, from the first to the last day, will always remain in my heart as an important, indeed fundamental part of the life path that made me what I am.
“I wish Milan all possible success and I do it with my heart, for the affection that binds me to these colours, a feeling that distance and time cannot erase.”
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