Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has come to the defence of his Paris Saint-Germain and Italy counterpart Gianluigi Donnarumma, claiming that he can still become the best goalkeeper in the world if he has the desire to do so.
The 23-year-old has been one of the scapegoats for Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup after a 1-0 defeat against North Macedonia in late March, but the Inter captain believes that the Azzurri squad as a whole should be at fault.
“Donnarumma, if he wants to, can become the best goalkeeper in the world,” Handanovic said on DAZN.
“It is easy to massacre someone when the whole team has to do with it: for him I only see great things, but he must want it.”
Donnarumma made his senior breakthrough as a 16-year-old at AC Milan before moving to French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021.
The young goalkeeper also played a starring role for Italy in the Euro 2020 triumph, making penalty shoot-out saves against Spain in the semi-finals and England in the final.