Massimiliano Mirabelli talked about the situation of Gianluigi Donnarumma, making it no secret that he thinks agent Mino Raiola is fully responsible for the latest media circus surrounding Gigio.
Despite keeping a clean sheet in Milan’s 3-0 win over Hellas Verona in the Coppa Italia last night, Gianluigi Donnarumma left the pitch in tears as all throughout the match, the Curva Sud booed him and sang songs against him & his brother Antonio.
The reason for the hostility of the Milan ultras is the media reports which suggest that Donnarumma and his agent Mino Raiola are looking to annul Gigio’s contract with Milan and walk out of the club as a free agent. The Italian newspapers claim that Donnarumma sent a letter to the management, letting them know that he was under ‘physiological pressure’ from the club and wasn’t serene when he was signing in the summer the contract which ties him to the Diavolo colors until June 30, 2021.
Another issue that surfaced in the media is the buy-out clause in Donnarumma’s contract – or the absence of such clause. In June it was reported that the goalkeeper has a buy-out clause in the excess of €80m but as it turns out – this clause was never deposited and so Milan can ask for any price.
Sky insists that all parties – including Donnarumma – were fully aware that there is no release clause, but some other sources say that Raiola, who is apparently speaking to Paris Saint-Germain about Gigio, is trying to cancel the agreement with Milan because the clause wasn’t deposited.
“Our position is clear, and we have said it many times: we do not need to sell anyone,” director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli told reporters after last night’s match at San Siro. “If a player did want to leave, he would have to tell us first, then obviously a club would need to meet our demands.
“We will not be grabbed by the throat by anyone. We have a clear idea of what to do as a club and if we are not capable of protecting the image of our club it’s correct that we step aside. We will always protect both Donnarumma and Milan, there’s someone who is damaging our image and the image of who is probably the most representative player of our team. Gigio is an exceptional guy, I spoke to him and he never said he wanted to leave. Otherwise he’d never have signed through to 2021.
“Perhaps there are gentlemen who wants to organize something deliberately, but we will look out for Milan’s interests in every arena. The whistles against him? We understand the fans are upset, but they ought to jeer the opposition and not our own players. It’s not all Gigio’s fault and we must support him, because he is part of the club’s heritage. We must protect him, as we know where the rot is coming from. We hope to resolve this situation soon. Mino Raiola? I have no meeting planned with Raiola. The player has a contract to 2021, so I have nothing to say to Raiola.
“We are closer than ever to Donnarumma, because we have no intention of selling him. If he wants to leave, he has to beg us, but I spoke to him and he never asked that. He loves Milan. We will protect Gigio and Milan from some gentleman who is trying to damage our club.
“One day, Gigio will realize where the good and the bad really is. There is some gentleman who is becoming more of a showman than anything else. We can laugh it off, but won’t let him get away with it. Possible offers? Anyone who wants Donnarumma will have to meet our demands.”
Mirabelli, whose beef with Raiola started in the summer, also gave an interview to RAI Italia: “We have little to clarify, we are sorry for what happened on Wednesday. Gigio didn’t tell us that he wants to leave, he’s our heritage and there’s someone who wanted to create this little theater. We know where the evil is, and we’ll try to fix it in the next few days. A football club like Milan must be respected and the players, who are important assets of the club, must be respected.
“Raiola? I don’t know who orchestrated this confusion. We, Milan, struggled so much to have Gigio until 2021 and we are happy for it. We would like to keep him also beyond 2021. Donnarumma never asked to leave, he is sorry about this situation and we have to resolve it. We need to reassemble the team, the club and the supporters. We know where the pitfalls can come from, well get ready, the fans have to be calm; we will not give in to any kind of blackmail. Milan does not need to sell Donnarumma, if there is a player who expresses his will to leave then he will do so on our terms.
“The alleged letter of Donnarumma? When I heard these things, I laughed. There are certain laws, maybe someone doesn’t know them because they’re not an Italian citizen… if someone has felt defrauded then there are courts. I repeat, when I heard these things I laughed.
“The player was happy to renew the contract.” Mirabelli and Milan fans would like this situation to be resolved as soon as possible, as the Rossoneri already have enough problems on their plate.