It wasn’t on the best terms when Gianluigi Donnarumma left AC Milan in 2021 to join Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian goalkeeper left as a free agent after rejecting offers to stay at San Siro.
The last reported proposal from Milan was a two-year deal worth €7 million net per season plus €1 million in bonuses. Additionally, there was a €20 million release clause in the event of non-qualification in the Champions League.
Ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash, Donnarumma spoke about his relationship with the Milan supporters and whether he wants to repair it.
“Yes, it is important to me to have a good relationship because I gave everything,” Donnarumma told reporters Wednesday (h/t Paris Fans). The criticism hurts me a little. But I don’t have time to think about that. There may be an opportunity afterward, [but] I have to be focused on this challenging match. I am focused on the game to avoid getting caught up in emotion.
“It will be a joy to meet my former teammates. But I have to stay focused to give my best. At first, it was a bit difficult because I have a lot of friends in Italy and Milan. But I got used to it, and I have friends here. I learned the language. I feel very good now.”
Donnarumma has been whistled at while playing for Italy at San Siro. Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas even had to come to his defense over the matter. Nonetheless, it won’t be as hostile an environment as it will be on Nov. 7 when PSG travels to Milan.
Still, expect the Milan supporters in attendance to give him an earful during the 90 minutes.