The goalkeeper was the hero for his nation this summer at Euro 2020 but the manner of his exit from Milan left the club’s fanbase angered and he is now the subject of a threatening banner
The ultras of Italian giants AC Milan have revealed two banners threatening their former goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The shot-stopper ended his career-long association with the club this summer when he failed to agree terms on a new contract with the Rossoneri.
The 22-year-old subsequently joined Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, although he is yet to make his debut for his new club with Keylor Navas chosen in the opening Ligue 1 encounters.
Donnarumma was the hero for his nation this summer as he saved two penalties in the Euro 2020 final against England to secure the title for the Azzurri but there is no healing of relations at Milan.
The ultras of the Milanese giants revealed two separate banners aimed at the goalkeeper, as per Football Italia, including the message: “Be careful, we don’t forget traitors.”
The banners were on display ahead of the Rossoneri’s game against Cagliari on Sunday in which Stefano Pioli’s side ran out comfortable 4-1 victors.
One banner read: “We don’t forget traitors, be careful when you will be back in Milan,” while the other declared “Donnarumma ungrateful bast… you suck more than Leonardo.”
The second banner is a reference to PSG sporting director Leonardo, who was associated with the Rossoneri as a player, manager and sporting director.
As a coach, he infuriated the club’s fans by taking charge at cross-city rivals Inter just six months after leaving the club and his departure from the club’s technical position led to his return to Paris Saint-Germain in that position in 2019.
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Yet it is Donnarumma whose stock at his former club is at his lowest, having refused to accept new contract offers from Milan before walking out as a free agent at the end of the campaign.
Having made his first-team debut aged just 16 and instantly becoming the regular goalkeeper at the club, where he went on to make 251 first-team appearances.
The banners come a little over a week since Gianluigi’s brother Antonio also ended his four-year stint at the club to join Serie C club Padova.
Antonio had been playing for Milan since 2017, but he played just three matches at the club and was rarely selected ahead of his younger brother in the position.
The 31-year-old had spent seven years at the club earlier in his career before spending time at a variety of clubs in a five-year stint and then returned in 2017 to be part of the squad alongside his brother.
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