AC Milan CEO Hits Out at Mino Raiola & Claims Donnarumma Exit Could Cost the Club €100m

Alex Gidden

​The fallout over Gianluigi Donnarumma's decision not to sign a new contract at AC Milan has continued with the Rossoneri's chief executive now pointing the finger of blame at the player's agent, Mino Raiola. 

The controversial Raiola has recently defended his client's decision to snub a new deal by accusing both the club and it's supporters of making threats to Donnarumma prior to the announcement that he will not be renewing his contract.

The 18-year-old has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism for his lack of loyalty from a number of well-known figures at the San Siro, but whilst Donnarumma continues to be bombarded with abuse, the Rossoneri's CEO appears to have laid the blame firmly at the feet of Raiola as he accused the agent and player of costing the club as much as  € 100m.

Marco Fassone told  Corriere della Sera newspaper, via  ​Football Italia :  “Nobody ever doubted he (Donnarumma) had the right to make this decision. It’s perfectly within the rules. But it’s one thing to be legitimate, another to work within the ethics of business.

“The bitterness here has to do with the unpleasant way the situation was handled. It could’ve been done without damaging the club, but by leaving like this, they have cost Milan £100m

“All he had to do was say he didn’t want to remain and we’d have renewed with a reasonable release clause. Then if the most important club in the world had turned up, even this summer, they could pay Milan that sum.

“This way what Real Madrid doesn’t pay me will end up in the pockets of his agent. I at least would’ve reinvested that sum into Italian football.

Italy Training Session And Press Conference
Italy Training Session And Press Conference

“Every time we spoke, face to face or on the phone, Gigio assured us he wanted to stay. It was that way until two days before the last meeting with Raiola.

“The agent, on the other hand, always said he was not prepared to negotiate on our timescale. So there were two different versions.”

Fassone also responded to claims that Donnarumma had been told he would be left to rot in the stands if he failed to sign a contract extension. 

Having played down those suggestions, the chief executive then revealed that Milan's position hasn't changed despite the recent developments and that the young goalkeeper is still not for sale. 

Fassone added:  “There were no threats. Our position is clear: Donnarumma is not for sale, and Vincenzo Montella will decide on a weekly basis. 

"As far as I am concerned, he can play every game. However, we cannot run any risks, so we need to seek out another goalkeeper."

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