AC Milan FREEZE contract talks with Gianluigi Donnarumma after furious Ultras confront the keeper at the club’s training ground amid rumours he is set to join rivals Juventus in the summer
- Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract at AC Milan expires in summer
- Italy international hasn’t agreed to a new deal amid rumours of Juventus move
- A group of Milan Ultras confronted Donnarumma at the club’s training ground
- They demanded he doesn’t play against Juventus next week unless he signs
- It led to the club pausing contract renewal talks until the end of the season
AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says the club has paused contract renewal talks until the end of the season after a group of fans confronted goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma at the club’s training ground.
The Italy international’s future is uncertain as he is out of contract in June, and a group of hard-line Ultras went to the club’s Milanello complex on Saturday to address the situation directly.
Italian news agency ANSA reports that the fans told the goalkeeper that he should not play in Milan’s crucial Serie A match against Juventus next Sunday unless he renews his contract.
AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (right) was confronted by angry Ultras
The Italy international’s Milan contract expires in the summer and he could move to Juventus
‘It’s important to firmly reiterate that no one outside of AC Milan can decide who plays and who renews their contract,’ Maldini told ANSA.
‘Certain choices are up to the coach, regarding the football pitch, and up to the club, regarding contractual matters.’
Donnarumma is not the only key player at Milan who will soon be out of contract, as playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu is also yet to agree a new deal.
But Maldini said that there will be no progress about renewals until the season is completed on May 23.
Milan’s technical director Paolo Maldini said contract renewal talks have been suspended
Donnarumma comes out to punch the ball during Milan’s match against Sassuolo last month
‘From this moment every single renewal negotiation is frozen until the end of the season, to allow the team to focus solely on the league,’ he said.
‘In the meantime, we will continue to protect our players as we have always done.’
Calhanoglu scored and Donnarumma kept a clean sheet as Milan beat Benevento 2-0 on Saturday to climb to second in Serie A.
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