Gianluigi Donnarumma effectively confirmed his imminent Paris Saint-Germain move with a goodbye message to Milan. ‘Some choices are difficult, but they are part of growing up to be a man.’
The goalkeeper is fresh from winning UEFA EURO 2020 with Italy, named as Player of the Tournament after his two saves in the penalty shoot-out Final against England.
According to several sources in Italy and France, Donnarumma will sign for PSG tomorrow as a free agent after refusing to extend his Milan contract.
“Some choices are difficult, but they are part of growing up to be a man,” wrote Donnarumma on Instagram alongside a video of his time through the Milan youth academy to making his Serie A debut at 16.
“I arrived at Milan when I was little more than a child, for eight years I wore this jersey with pride, we fought, suffered, won, cried, celebrated along with my teammates, my coaches, all those who were and are part of the Club, alongside our fans who are an integral part of what for many years was a family.
“I also achieved important personal targets with the Rossoneri shirt, such as my debut at the age of 16 in Serie A. I experienced extraordinary years that I will never forget.
“Now the moment has come to say goodbye, it was not an easy choice to make, anything but, and a post certainly isn’t enough to explain it, or perhaps I never can explain it because the deepest sentiments are difficult to express through words.
“What I can say is that at times it’s the right thing to choose a change, to face different challenges, to grow and to become more complete.
“All the Rossoneri I met, from the first to the last day, will always be in my heart as a fundamental part of that journey through life that made me what I am today.
“I wish Milan all possible success and I do that with my heart, for the affection that ties me to these colours, a sentiment that distance and time cannot cancel.”
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