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Gianluigi Donnarumma and AC Milan “TV drama” must end as soon as possible – Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura

Gianluigi Donnarumma and AC Milan “TV drama” must end as soon as possible – Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura

Italy manager Gian Piero Ventura hopes the “TV drama” between AC Milan and Gianluigi Donnarumma ends very soon.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper announced recently he wouldn’t sign a new contract with the Rossoneri, opening the possibility of leaving on a free transfer next year.

Ventura, who succeeded Antonio Conte as the Italian national team manager, hopes for the sake of his fledgling career everything is resolved before the forthcoming season begins.

“What I’d say to Donnarumma? He has to be a player, he’s a top-drawer player, destined [for greatness],” Ventura said, as reported by Football Italia.

“Rarely have I seen such a mature player at his age. The main thing is that this TV drama is finished as soon as possible and for him to go back to having serenity so he can prepare for next season.”

A graduate of Milan’s youth academy, Donnarumma’s first game for the senior team came in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo on 16th October, 2015.

He’s to date made 72 appearances for Milan across all competitions, while keeping 23 clean sheets and conceding 79 goals.

Real Madrid and Serie A rivals Juventus have in recent weeks been strongly linked, with both knowing they could acquire his services on a Bosman deal in 12 months’ time.

Gianluigi Donnarumma didn’t miss a minute of Serie A action in 2016/17.

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