“Donnarumma Always Wanted To Stay”

Gianluigi Donnarumma “always expressed his desire to stay” at AC Milan despite controversy relating to his contract extension, according to the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper renewed his contract with the club in July, committing to Milan until 2021 and ending – at least temporarily – the mounting speculation about interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Real Madrid and Juventus.

But reports in December suggested Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola wanted the agreement cancelled as the youngster felt pressured into signing the extension, with an annulment allowing him to leave on a free at the end of the season.

Those stories led to Milan’s ultras unfurling a banner during the Coppa Italia win over Verona which read “Our patience is finished”, leaving the teenager in tears.

The situation has since calmed and Mirabelli, who was eager to defend his transfer dealings as sporting director, is adamant Donnarumma has always insisted he wanted to stay.

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