Gianluigi Donnarumma must consider breaking his business relationship with his agent Mino Raiola if he wants the pressure from fans and the media as well as the rumours of him leaving AC Milan to disappear.
There was the possibility of the 18-year-old goalkeeper leaving the Rossoneri after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season but he now earns a reported figure of €6 million per season after signing a contract extension and his older brother Antonio reportedly earns €1m a year after joining in the summer.
AC Milan fans have been frustrated with the doubts surrounding his future, especially with the latest reports claiming that Donnarumma and Raiola want the starlet’s contract with the Diavolo annulled.
Before the Rossoneri played Hellas Verona in a Coppa Italia Round of 16 match on Wednesday evening, a section of supporters revealed a banner that said, “Moral violence worth €6m a year, and the signing of a parasitic brother. NOW GO AWAY, PATIENCE IS OVER.”
Donnarumma back in the Milan fans bad books. Being asked to leave the club… nicely of course.
“Moral violence worth €6m a year, and the signing of a parasitic brother. NOW GO AWAY, PATIENCE IS OVER. ” pic.twitter.com/nRjjDgoRxz
— ForzaItalianFootball (@SerieAFFC) December 13, 2017
Despite reports that the goalkeeping prodigy wants to leave and lawyers have sent letters to the Diavolo hierarchy to terminate the contract, AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli defended the youngster and hinted that his agent was the problem.
“Gigio is an exceptional guy, I spoke to him a few minutes ago and he never said he wanted to leave,” Mirabelli said in a press conference on Wednesday evening.
“Maybe there are some people who would like to set up a move, but we will protect Milan’s position.”
After hearing this, Raiola decided to pinpoint the blame on Mirabelli for the contract speculation as well as the anti-climactic start the Rossoneri have had to the 2017-18 campaign.
“What interests me now is that Gigio is left in peace so he can do his best,” Raiola told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“This controversy suits Mirabelli, because it takes attention away from the real Milan problem, his technical project.”
Most of the other responses about this situation from personnel at AC Milan have been about protecting Donnarumma as well as praising him as a player and a club man.
Rossoneri CEO Marco Fassone reiterated Mirabelli’s point by saying that the promising goalkeeper did not reveal any desire to be sold and would have to notify the club if he wanted to leave while head coach Gennaro Gattuso considered the 18-year-old to be a “great athlete and professional” and would do anything to protect him.
Teammate Davide Calabria said that Donnarumma is “great on and off the field” and that the rest of the squad supported him while Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci consoled the emerging goalkeeper after the match in the locker room.
Donnarumma did defend himself with a post on his Instagram account, saying that Wednesday evening was an ugly night he did not expect and that he did not claim to be “on the end of moral violence” when signing his contract extension.
Unfortunately these type of stories will keep on circulating in the media if nothing changes. Raiola has clients such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romulu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli, and Paul Pogba that have been involved in moves involving high transfer fees and rarely do his clients pledge loyalty to one particular club.
One player who sacked Raiola was Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik. The agent wanted the Partenopei star to move clubs but the Slovak remained faithful to the Neapolitan club and fired him as his agent.
Perhaps Donnarumma can learn from Hamsik and his situation. The young goalkeeper claimed to be a Milan supporter when he grew up and pledged loyalty to the club in the past but he is now being influenced by a cunning and shrewd agent who knows how to negotiate great deals for his players and also find ways to benefit himself financially.
If “Gigio” is genuine about his love for the Rossoneri and is motivated by more than money, he might have to consider ending his association with Raiola.