LVBet review reports that AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma claims to be “calm and happy” as speculation continues to suggest that he is a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The 19-year-old has been linked with big-money moves since bursting onto the scene at the San Siro as a mercurial talent being tipped for the very top.
His agent, Mino Raiola, has talked up a possible switch at regular intervals, with Donnarumma’s head reported to have been turned at times by the mounting interest.
He is, however, turning a deaf ear to transfer talk at present, with the youngster offering no indication that he is planning an imminent change of scenery.
A man who has also been mooted as a possible successor to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea told Sky Sport Italia: “I’m calm and happy, I go forward with serenity.”
Exit talk has intensified of late after Milan confirmed that they are in the market for Napoli keeper Pepe Reina – with the Spaniard set to become a free agent in the summer.
Donnarumma, though, is focused on the present, with the Rossoneri having been rejuvenated under the guidance of former midfield star Gennaro Gattuso.
He added on the back of a dramatic 1-0 victory over Genoa: “We’re a good group, the celebrations [on Sunday] are proof of that. We got a result we really wanted and it allowed us to forget about Thursday’s game with Arsenal.
“We succeeded and now we hope to continue like this.
“It’s a win which gives us great confidence in view of the trip to London. We’re going there with nothing to lose.”
Milan are due at Emirates Stadium on Thursday for the second leg of a Europa League last-16 encounter which they currently trail 2-0.
Turning that tie around would help to keep one path to Champions League football open, while a recent resurgence in Serie A has the club perched just six points adrift of the top four.
Donnarumma said of that battle: “The Champions League? It’s a nice race, we’re there and we believe in it. We have a duty to believe and we’ll try to the end.”
He began his career with Milan in 2015, becoming the second-youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A, aged 16 years and 242 days; he immediately broke into the starting line-up, earning a reputation as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in the world. He also broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016. Six months later, he made his senior international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days.
Donnarumma grew up in the football academy of Club Napoli in his native Castellammare di Stabia. At age 14, he was signed for €250,000 by Milan, the team for which his elder brother, Antonio, had already played. Between 2013 and 2015, he was part of the Rossoneri youth academy, where he always played in the age group above him, beginning with the Giovanissimi, then the Allievi, and finally the Primavera. Three days before his 16th birthday, in February 2015, he received his first call-up to the senior team from manager Filippo Inzaghi; though he did not feature in the league match against Cesena, his presence on the substitutes’ bench had required a special dispensation due to his age.