Prior to his departure, the San Siro president characterized the Italian shot-stopper as a “exceptional professional”
Ivan Gazidis, AC Milan’s chief executive, has stated that he still has departing goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in “absolute esteem” while acknowledging that the polarizing Super League is “is dead”
Donnarumma’s six-year tenure at San Siro will come to an end at the end of the month when his contract expires.
Milan were eventually unable to get an extension for the 22-year-old, but Gazidis has no ill will against the Italian goalkeeper.
When Corriere dello Sport questioned the Rossoneri CEO about the player’s impending departure, the CEO declined to provide insight into discussions with the player and his agent Mino Raiola.
“I’m not going to reveal the details or the timing, and I’m not sure what the boundaries of Gigio and Raiola’s relationship are,” Gazidis told the Italian outlet.
“Of course, the final choice is always made by the player.
“What I can tell is that Gigio was an amazing professional on a daily basis, and no one was happier than he was after qualifying for the Champions League versus Atalanta.
“I have the utmost respect for him and his decisions.
There is no negative emphasis.
He did what he believed was best for him, and there are a few reasons for it, but I will not disclose them.”
Donnarumma made his competitive debut for Milan as a 16-year-old in 2015 and has since appeared in 251 games for the Serie A champions.
The Italy international also has 88 clean sheets to his account, but will depart San Siro with only one Supercoppa Italiana title.
Gazidis then weighed in on the contentious Super League reveal that shocked the football world in April, admitting that the plans cannot proceed in their current form with the departure of nine of the original 12 founding teams, including Milan.
However, the 56-year-old businessman feels severe reforms are essential at the top level in light of the financial difficulties experienced by elite teams during the coronavirus outbreak, adding: “The Super League, as it was conceived, is dead.”
However, the issues that precipitated that endeavor remain untouched.
“Everyone involved in football, particularly those responsible for its regulation, must think deeply on the causes of the problems and on what can be done – together – to build a more just and sustainable game.
“Gianni Infantino made a statement about it; do not allow me to say further… Individuals discuss greed. Last year, our club lost €200 million. Is pursuing zero, the breakeven point, greedy? Is it self-indulgent to assert that we would be content if we achieved it? A loss of €200 million indicates that something has gone wrong. We are not alone in this; it affects everyone.”