Mino Raiola refuses to say whether Gianluigi Donnarumma will sign a new contract or not while Adriano Galliani says he will ‘give him a pen and see what happens’ after the boy turned 18.
Donnarumma turned 18-years-old on Saturday and after celebrating on the pitch with three points at the Mapei Stadium, he also had a celebration at the Pulley Grill & Club in Milano.
His teammates, friends and family were all present as were Milan CEO Adriano Galliani and Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola. And so naturally, the press asked the most pressing question when it comes to Gigio: will the Italy international extend his contract with Milan?
“I’m happy for Gigio who celebrates his birthday and it’s also Kucka’s birthday,” Galliani, who is still in charge of things at Milan, told the press. “If Donnarumma is one of the most beautiful things in recent years? Oh absolutely. He is a great kid and he has given a lot to Milan. A gift for him? He made us so many gifts and so many saves… I will give him a Cartier pen and see what happens…”
Raiola, meanwhile, once again said that he doesn’t know what the future holds for Donnarumma, who has announced his love for Milan on multiple occasions, saying it depends on the new Milan.
“A most beautiful birthday for Gigio? Who am I to contradict Galliani? I believe he spoke from the heart,” Raiola said to the journalists. “Surely this guy has important values from the human point of view. Did I expect this growth? Let’s say that in Italy it is difficult that a guy could make his debut at his age. I know many things, but it’s hard to predict the future. We do not know.
“We made a pact to leave him in peace, indeed, not to talk about it, and we will put this rule in place. Is he staying in Milan? I have not heard anything from the new Milan, for me Milan is represented by Galliani so I have nothing to talk about with the new Milan. If he wants to stay? The boy goes his way and I go mine, these are clear agreements, so I have to look to the future and its possibilities, then the choice is made by the players themselves. I think it is only right for me to see what Milan will be.
“It is the most important question that you have not asked, you are focusing on renewal and you don’t know what Milan will be. No one will be able to tell, much less me than Milan themselves, if indeed the deal comes through. Until you see the new ownership and I begin to talk to them I cannot have a clear idea. Does he deserve a great Milan? No, he deserves a great team.
“I’m not married to anyone; my job is not to be a fan of a team. I was a while ago because my family is from Naples and they forced ne but then I met Corrado Ferlaino [the former Napoli owner who ripped him off] and I removed this habit…” concluded Raiola, who also represents Balotelli and Ibra.
Every now and then there are rumours in the press about alleged demands that Raiola has made for Donna’s new contract but so far official negotiations haven’t started; it’s the Chinese’s first mission.