Agent Mino Raiola has claimed that his client, AC Milan starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma, took the decision not to extend his contract at the San Siro after he and his family received 'death threats'.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper has just a year left on his deal with the Serie A side, and has been tipped to join Real Madrid either on a cut-price deal this summer or on a free transfer in a year's time.
Dollarumma banner behind Gigio's goal in Italy v Denmark pic.twitter.com/u3HB7JCpP6— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) June 18, 2017
Raiola spoke to the Italian press on Sunday, on the same day that Italy's Under-21 European Championship match against Denmark had to be paused after fans threw piles of fake money at Donnarumma in the Italian goal.
The well-known agent said: “The situation had become too violent and hostile, so there was no way out. We took a decision that we didn’t want to take. It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened. Donnarumma’s family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death."
He continued, claiming: “You can’t keep a player by threatening him. Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of mobbing.
Italy fans throw fake money at Donnarumma, and accidentally create the best corruption-related stock football photo of 2017 in the process. pic.twitter.com/DJmjtAfDT5— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 18, 2017
"We never even got to talk about money or release clauses, because we were not allowed to get that far, nor to think of what was best for Gigio. You talk about that when negotiations are 95 per cent there.
“He was ready to sign a new contract, there were no doubts in his mind. They forced us to abandon the negotiations because of the environment created around him. I take the responsibility.
"They forced us. It was Milan that lost Donnarumma. He said to me, honestly Mino, I don’t feel it is right to carry on negotiations when these people are insulting and threatening me and my family.
“I have not spoken to any big club. We do not have any agreement with any other team.
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