After six seasons in charge of San Siro, the 22-year-old is ready for a new challenge.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, the newly crowned European champion, has announced his departure from AC Milan ahead of a rumored move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Italy’s goalkeeper became a national hero after making crucial saves against Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final shootout.
However, after spending his whole career with the Rossoneri, he is now ready for a change of scenery.
“Some choices are difficult, but they are part of a man’s growth,” the 22-year-old stated on Instagram when his contract with San Siro ended this summer.
“I arrived at Milan when I was barely a child; for eight years, I proudly wore this shirt as we fought, suffered, won, cried, and celebrated, alongside my teammates, coaches, and all those who have built and are part of the Club, as well as our fans, who have been an integral part of what has been a family for many years.
“I also accomplished personal objectives while wearing the Rossoneri jersey, such as making my Serie A debut at the age of 16. I lived through years that will never be forgotten.
“Now the time has come to say goodbye, a decision that was not simple, and definitely not adequately expressed in a post, or maybe cannot be adequately articulated at all, since the most profound emotions are difficult to put into words.
What I can say is that there are times when it is appropriate to choose change, to confront new difficulties, to develop, and to complete oneself.
“All the Rossoneri I encountered, from the first to the last, will always have a special place in my heart as an integral, even essential, part of the life journey that shaped me into who I am.
“I wish Milan all possible successes and I do it with my heart, for the affection that binds me to these colors, a feeling that distance and time cannot erase.”
Donnarumma joined Milan at the age of 14, following older brother and fellow goalkeeper Antonio, and made his first-team debut against Sassuolo two years later.
As his reputation has risen, he has been dogged by transfer speculations, and he recently refused to sign a contract extension after leading Milan to Champions League participation in 2021-22.
In June, rumors suggested that he had already signed a five-year deal with PSG on a free transfer.
Although neither the club nor the player has confirmed the transfer officially, an announcement is anticipated shortly after the conclusion of Euro 2020 and Donnarumma’s personal goodbye to the Rossoneri.