Official: Maignan joins Milan from Lille on a five-year deal

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Mike Maignan at Milan. (@acmilan.com)

Mike Maignan has officially become a Rossoneri player, he will be wearing the #16 shirt between the Milan sticks.

Gianluigi Donnarumma will become a free agent next month and leave Milan and the Diavolo have already got a replacement.

Maignan comes from Ligue 1 Champions Lille for €13m + €2m of bonuses. He already signed the contract on Tuesday but the official statement arrived today:

“Milan is delighted to announce the signing of French player Mike Maignan from LOSC Lille, who will be joining the Club starting from 1 July 2021. The goalkeeper has signed a contract with the Rossoneri until 30 June, 2026 and will wear the number 16 jersey.

“Born in Cayenne (French Guayana) on 3 July 1995, Mike Maignan spent his youth career at Paris Saint-Germain. In the summer of 2015, he moved to LOSC Lille, where he made 180 appearances over six seasons, winning the French Ligue 1 title in the season just ended. After having played in all age categories of the French National Team, from Under 16 to Under 21, he made his senior international debut in October 2020 and is now part of the 26-man squad for Euro 2020.”

The 25-year-old was the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in Europe this season. He will reportedly be earning €2.5 million with bonuses that can take his salary up to €3 million.

After signing the contract, Maignan sat down to speak with MilanTV:  “I’ve very happy to join Milan, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world with ambitions and projects for the future. I’m very happy to bring what I have to this project.

“The season with Lille? It’s been the best season of my career so far, it’s a reward for having won the title in France. We won the league and being here is a reward for me. My style of play? I like playing with the ball, this has been very useful to me as modern football requires ‘keepers to use their feet too.

“My nickname? Magic Eagle is a nickname my teammates gave me because they say I am the kinds of the birds. Saving penalties? It is instinctive, it’s a duel between the ‘keeper and the striker and I don’t like to lose my duels.

“Leão and Ibrahimović? Rafael is a prodigy, I was lucky enough to play with him at Lille and we meet again now. The same goes for Ibrahimović, it’s always a pleasure to play with him.

“If there is a goalkeeper that I’m particularly inspired by? Many ‘keepers have inspired me, I have studied many of them to try to develop my game. This is how I normally work. I feel very proud to represent my country and my people, I’m proud of myself and I consider this a reward for all my work in recent years.

“My jersey number? Number 16 is the number I started with, I like how MM16 sounds. This fits well and it will stay with me until the end of my career.

“A greeting to the fans? I can’t wait to experience the passion of the Rossoneri fans. Hello to all Milan fans!”

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Deku
Deku
24 days ago

We’ll need another 5-7 signings to make, depending on whether we’ll keep Chalha and\or Diaz. Roma, Hauge, Laxalt, Conti, Caldara, Castillejo should all be sold.

CB: Milenkovic, Senesi, Botman
LB: Emerson, Mykolenko
ST: Vlahovic
CAMs: Diaz, de Paul, Nkunku, Pellegrini, Olmo, Zielinski, Vlasic, Pessina
RW: Ikone, Berardi, Orsolini, Anthony
CM: Koopmieners, Soumare, Sammasekou, Cristante, Menino, Rongier, Fofana, Gagliardini

Deku
Deku
23 days ago
Reply to  Deku

just stated the facts, jesus, the sheer amount of hate…

ahmed salem
ahmed salem
23 days ago
Reply to  Deku

u lost them at “sell hauge”

Deku
Deku
22 days ago
Reply to  ahmed salem

He will fetch up the most money, do you believe Laxalt, Conti, Caldara or Castillejo will be bought by anyone for more than 7-8M? so with 28-32M + 20M from Romagnoli you all believe we can bring 5-7 players? That fee max will bring us sub CAM, LB, CM, and main CB. we will still need to get main ST, RW and CAM.

Elliotazzuri
Elliotazzuri
24 days ago

See how fast this transfer went, why can’t we buy our forward s like this

dubfire
dubfire
24 days ago
Reply to  Elliotazzuri

because a good forward doesn’t cost 15 mil and we don’t have money to spend

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
24 days ago
Reply to  dubfire

Lol…..exactly….

Simonsays
Simonsays
24 days ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

+1

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Simonsays
Simonsays
24 days ago
Reply to  dubfire

We do have money to spend….. where did you get that we don’t have money to spend. I haven’t seen a single report back up what you are saying

Simonsays
Simonsays
24 days ago
Reply to  dubfire

I have been flowing the reports and financial condition of our team regularly throughout the season. I can confirm we do have more then enough to spend

Ashraf
23 days ago
Reply to  Simonsays

Don’t lie we don’t have money

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
24 days ago

Welcome Magic Mike⚫

Hoping for more good news like this for the next 3 months 🙂

Simonsays
Simonsays
24 days ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

How about the recent reports about theo hernandez being in talks with PSG.

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
23 days ago
Reply to  Simonsays

PSG made an offer, Theo did nothing, as far as I know. Wouldn’t worry about it.

Malvankakaweahshevacafunesta
Malvankakaweahshevacafunesta
24 days ago

Welcome to the greatest team and family in the world super mike ! Your gonna surprise a few people your gonna make us forget about donnadidarunna very quickly!! Good luck forza Milan!!

Gems
Gems
23 days ago

Yeah family my arse
Watch dollarumma & chanaboglu walk away
Like greedy vultures

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
24 days ago

I’m happy Milan signed Mike Maignan. He’s one of the best young keepers around. I’m also happy Dollarumma is gone.

I got really tired of the drama from Dollarumma and Raiola. It was exhausting.

Ramagnoli was spotted with Inter Director Ausilio and PSG is trying to get Theo Hernandez.

It will be an interesting summer. Let’s get Belotti and Ikone or Berardi. I would be happy as long as we sign these players.

JaRossoneri
JaRossoneri
23 days ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

Romagnoli, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Theo, wouldn’t worry about it, PSG made an offer. As far as we know, wasn’t instigated by Theo.

Trust Paolo…We all love Milan…but I’m sure if anyone loves it more it’s Paolo.

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Zumblim
Zumblim
24 days ago

Welcome Mike! Hope you will do well at milan! I still thought that DonaRai didn’t expect that milan acted pretty quick to sign a new GK. Now DonaRai don’t have strong bargain position when discussing with other clubs. Before milan signed Mike, Raiola would aks for more salary by saying that milan is ready to pay 8mio/year.Now his client is free agent, he could not ask for same salary now to any european clubs considering the top european clubs right now are not in hurry to sign a GK (No club are currently real problem with GK) except china and… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
23 days ago

benvenuto magical mike. i hope u can be as successful at milan as another ligue 1 graduate mendy is at chelsea. or better yet, as successful as ur french senior desailly. the thing about magical mike is that, with his achievements last season, he would be worth > 50m if he played for epl top club. another fantastic piece of business by maldini/massara. real milanisti should thank them for this kind smart of transfers, and of course for steadying the ship and a long overdue ucl homecoming. i love how the uninitiated whose knowledge is severely limited to what they… Read more »

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Milan10
Milan10
23 days ago

“Our paths are splitting, I can only wish the best to a sensitive guy like him.” – maldini about donna

lol “sensitive guy” i love how maldini implicitly calls donna a pussy. mr nipples

SURACHO
SURACHO
23 days ago

MAGIC MIKE I WELCOME YOU TO MILAN. I HOPE YOU CAN WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH US. CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU CATCH THE BALL ON THE FIELD JUST LIKE BLACK PANTHER. WAKANDA FOREVER

Dwayne k27ism
Dwayne k27ism
23 days ago

Welcome home MM16! Milan fans are ready to stand by you.