Antonio Donnarumma has joined Milan and director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli insists that the player is not here only because of his brother Gigio.
Milan signed Gianluigi Donnarumma to a new four-year contract and today they officially announced the arrival of his brother, Antonio, who is returning to the Red and Black club after five years.
“Milan announce the permanent signing of Antonio Donnarumma from Asteras Tripolis FC, through to 30 June 2021,” a statement on the Rossoneri website reads.
“Antonio, as a youth, won a league with the Milan Allievi (2007) and a Coppa Italia Primavera (2010) before starting his adventure as a professional footballer. In his career, he played for Piacenza, Gubbio and Bari in Serie B, making also one appearance in Serie A with Genoa. In the past campaign, he played in goal for Asteras Tripolis, in the Greek top-flight, recording 21 league & 2 Cup appearances.”
Donnarumma, who according to reports will be earning €1m per season, is expected to act as his brother’s back-up and be Milan’s second choice goalkeeper in the next season. During a presser today, director of sport Mirabelli made it clear that Antonio’s arrival was mainly of a technical nature.
“The first thing we had to do was to renew Gigio’s contract, but I immediately had the idea of bringing in his brother Antonio too,” Mirabelli said, sitting next to him. “I know him well and so much has been said about his arrival, but the truth is that I really wanted him, to bring the family back together.
“Still, the technical evaluation comes first and I think Antonio can be a 12th man for Milan. Antonio played an important role in this affair. He’s not a postage parcel like someone said. I’m sorry for him if certain things have been written. Vincenzo Montella also endorsed this signing.”
Antonio will start working with the club tomorrow, after undergoing tests at Milanello and at La Madonnina Clinic earlier this week. “I must thank Fassone and Mirabelli,” the 27-year-old Rossoneri youth product said. “I’m really happy to be here with the club and with my brother. It’s a wonderful thing for me to come back to Milanello and find the same people I enjoyed being around. I’ll be in the same dressing room as my brother and I’m very happy. I’ll do my best to deserve this place.”
He later added: “I’m happy and I could not wait to return. Now I can’t wait to go to Milanello. I thank Mirabelli for his beautiful words and I’m really happy. I’ve had several experiences over the years and I’ve improved. Now I’m ready to start off at Milan. It was great to go back to Milanello and it was great to see so many people I know already. They too are happy about my return.
“Gigio? He always spoke well of me and always saw me as an idol. I will continue to be close to him for our own goal and that of Milan. The Supercoppa Italiana final in Doha in December [Gianluigi saved a decisive Paulo Dybala penalty to give Milan the win over Juventus]? We were home to watch it with the whole family. When he saved the penalty, it was a beautiful moment.”
“My objectives? I always want to work at my best, train and make myself ready for when I’m called-up.” With the Donnarumma brothers and Marco Storari, the goalkeeper position is set at Milan.