AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has expressed his sympathy for Gianluigi Donnarumma after the goalkeeper was reduced to tears following insulting targets by Milan fans on Wednesday evening.
The 18-year-old had a hard time this summer when there were contract disputes and after renewing his stay with the Italian side, latest claims indicate that his agent Mino Raiola has asked Milan to cancel the deal which was signed during the summer.
Before Milan’s clash with Verona in the Coppa Italia, a banner was held up by the home fans at San Siro which read: ‘Psychological violence by giving you €6 million a season & signing your parasite brother? It’s time to leave…our patience with you is over!’
‘He’s an 18-year-old kid, of course he was shaken. I can only thank him for what he’s doing,’ said Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso.
‘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.
‘I feel terrible about this, as people are painting a kid as if he’s a monster and he doesn’t deserve it. ‘Fortunately, there were only 9,000 people in the stadium tonight, imagine how it’d feel if there were 50,000 insulting him.’