Milan Boss Gennaro Gattuso has defended goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after a section of the club’s support turned on him.
The banner, which stretched across three sections of the San Siro, read: “Psychological violence by giving you €6m a season and signing your parasite brother? It’s time to leave – our patience with you is over!”
Donnarumma was pictured on social media in tears after the game, being comforted by team-mates, and Gattuso said in a post-match interview the time had come to take it easy on the 18-year-old, who has been linked to a number of leading European and Premier League clubs.
“He’s an 18-year-old kid, of course he was shaken. I can only thank him for what he’s doing. For his age, he’s the best goalkeeper in the world right now. You can tell from his face he’s not happy, but I have known a great athlete and great kid. He will have my protection, for all the protection I can give.
“If the club says it doesn’t need to sell anyone, nor wants to, then why should we even talk about this? I respect the fans, but he sulked at me for four days because I left him at home for the first time in seven months. He never skipped a training session, let alone a game.
“People need to understand whether Gigio really does want to go or if he wants to stay. I can say I’m working with a great athlete and professional. I am the coach of Milan, so I can talk about the lad, the athlete, but nothing else. Gigio has not told me personally that he wants to leave. If he did, that would be different.”
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