The Curva Sud blame Mino Raiola for the whole Gianluigi Donnarumma contract saga and ask the player to ‘prove his character and his love for Milan, not with kisses but with concrete facts’.
The contract of Donnarumma expires in June 2018 and the new Milan ownership has offered him a new five-year deal believed to be worth €4.5m a season.
But Gigio, represented by Mino Raiola, hasn’t yet given his answer regarding the contract and reports earlier today suggested that he’ll be taking a week more to decide whether to accept the offer of Milan or not.
The hold-up, it’s said, is also due to Raiola’s demands to insert certain clause to Donnarumma’s contract (a buy-out clause for instance) – something Milan are not willing to do. Now the Curva Sud, il Diavolo’s ultras group, released a statement regarding their stand in the whole situation.
“We write these lines in spite of ourselves, because we think the situation being created with ‘case Donnarumma’ is crazy,” the Curva Sud wrote on their official website. “We’re talking about a phenomenon, but one who is very young and in the hands of an unscrupulous agent, and he finds himself in a situation which is making Milan fans and the club more than a little nervous.
“It’s incredible how a person can do all this by keeping a club like Milan on hold, and partly making an 18-year-old lad go from kissing the badge every Sunday to being an object of discussion. The will of the player must have a weight, the will of the club too, it’s not possible for certain characters to have no scruples and to allow certain behaviors, since the main purpose of this mercenary is to find an agreement and insert clauses in his own favor. That’s what happened with Pogba and Juventus [he was sold to Manchester United last summer], so he can trouser a lot of money on a future sale.
“We talk so much about Italian football in crisis, with lower financial power than other countries, but if the rules allow certain people to take money out of the football world for their own personal gain it’s impossible to hope for growth. These are millions of Euros which are taken out of circulation in football and will never come back. There are clubs abroad which have closed their doors to certain agents, unfortunately Milan decided to open their doors to certain people and today sadly we’re seeing the results of that kind of management. We hope that the new owners can finally free us of these characters and start again in a virtuous manner, without submitting to blackmail.
“We also strongly hope for an intervention by the Federation [FIGC], to limit the power which rests in the hands of agents, because all the elements of football which fall under its jurisdiction have the ultimate purpose of growing our movement and not filling the pockets of those who manage the relationships between players and clubs.
“To Gigio we ask him once again to prove his character and his love for Milan, but with concrete facts. Unfortunately, love isn’t only nourished with kisses, but also with great gestures.”
Translation credit: Football Italia