Donnarumma faces foreseeable PSG dilemma

by | Nov 18, 2021 11:47

Gigio Donnarumma is unhappy with lack of playing time at PSG, but could he expect something different when he moved to Paris?

When Donnarumma completed a free move to PSG in the summer, Football Italia wrote: ‘Like it or not, Raiola is the winner of the Donnarumma deal.’ After a few months, La Gazzetta dello Sport came to the same conclusion reporting that the Italian goalkeeper is frustrated by lack of playing time in Paris.

The 22-year-old has played seven games across all competitions, including his Champions League debut against Manchester City. Not enough to make him happy.

Like it or not, Raiola is the winner of the Donnarumma deal

That’s understandable as Gigio was named the best player of UEFA Euro 2020 after saving decisive spot-kicks against Spain and England.

However, could he really expect something different in Paris? Probably not. Keylor Navas is an experienced goalkeeper who may not have the same quality and potential as Donnarumma but is a solid option and is on excellent terms with a big slice of the dressing room.

Rumours regarding Donnarumma’s possible loan move from Paris have never been credible, but he had to foresee such a situation when he decided to sign a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 champions.

He couldn’t expect Mauricio Pochettino to leave Keylor Navas, one of the top goalkeepers in the game and a crucial figure inside the locker room, on the bench from one day to another.

Tension between PSG and unhappy Donnarumma: Raiola the only winner

Gigio has admitted his frustration in a recent interview, saying that the competition with Keylor Navas disturbs him.

Once again, that’s understandable also because it is the first time Donnarumma faces such a situation, given that he made his Milan debut in 2016, aged just 16, taking Diego Lopez’s spot. Ironically, another former Real Madrid goalkeeper.

Arguably, he has joined a better team than Milan and, perhaps, the main candidate to win the Champions League this season. But is it worth being part of such a big club without getting regular playing time?

Pochettino has recently claimed that he will soon make a final decision regarding who the starting PSG goalkeeper will be, while Mino Raiola is convinced Gigio will become the regular starter between the sticks in the near future.

The question is, how near it is? Donnarumma is losing patience, but he couldn’t really expect anything different when he decided to leave Milan and join PSG.

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epa09422367 Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma greets the fans during the warm up prior to the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and the Stade Brestois in Brest, France, 20 August 2021. EPA-EFE/Christophe Petit Tesson

14 Comments

  1. St Amrose

    Talented young player chooses money over heart by moving to a bigger club, only to find it’s not working out well and the overall environment isn’t as beneficial – WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED?

  2. Frys

    Every young major player has or more or less done the same thing besides maybe messi and totti….but messi’s case is different. Ronaldo left Man U. Do you think Manu hated him for it or loved him for what he gave while he was there? Beckham did the same. Henry made the money move to Barcelona. De Gea left his childhood club for potential success and money. It’s part of the game guys. It’s like holding lightning or dating a model…you can’t hold onto it for long. Just enjoy it while it lasts.

  3. 1Mikej

    How many of those players moved for free and left their clubs with no transfer fee, no Milan fan dislikes him because he left, they dislike him because of how he left, how is this hard to understand??? he is sitting on the bench because P$G are literally the only club that could afford to take him and condition for that was he has to sit on the bench for a season, don’t like it? too fking bad, he made his choices like a man now he should live with those choices like a man and not whine in the papers about it as it just makes him look worse

  4. Dollarumma

    I cannot but stop smiling on this. You reap what you sow, welcome to the real world. Take all the money you want and it won’t make you happy. He deserves not just this but at least the whole season like this.
    Can’t have everything your way buddy. Then the loan deals start to begin, one season here one season there, a couple of injuries (hopefully not) here and there and then you see yourself as a mid-late 20s goalie which is basically “good”. While the potential for an alternative career path would’ve been to be a legend for a glorious club and perhaps stamp yourself in the pantheon of Goalies because of the consistency at a club.
    Raiola wins.

  5. ACM1899

    You made your bed, pal. Now you gotta sleep in it…

  6. The Truth

    You need to watch what you wish for, Gigio. More money does not always lead to more happiness. I don’t think many sensible people will feel sorry for him. In my opinion this was a bad choice for him and one that was only really in the interests of his agent.

  7. Vero Rossonero

    @All posters. I think this news is being a bit sensationalized. Yeah he may be frustrated he’s not the starter, but he’s 22 and he went from a club that can’t afford players over 20m euro and has one point in four games in their first CL campaign in eight seasons, to a Champions League favorite full of champions. I bet he becomes the full time starter next season. Do I condone the way he left? No, the club should have at least made some money (and this blame is mostly on the club for not selling on time), but to curb the ambition of this player would be a hypocrisy given that we are now enjoying the likes of Tonali and Leao. What of Brescia and Lille? Don’t they have fans and ambitions? Do they like being “selling clubs”? It’s always easy to look up at those above you and rue what you don’t have, but remember that there are many more below you.

  8. Julio dhiser

    Tell gianluca pagliuca that he is respected for what he did with national team and he was a good player… but he has to respect one of the best goalkeeper of all times, also riola is a money maker with players movements but he is not a futbol manager. Keylor Navas has 4 UCL titles… how many gigi has…. Gigi is a very good player but he has a bigger one in front of him….. He is not good enough to get Keylor positions…. Keylor and Gigi are in one of the best teams in the world, but Keylor was also in Real Madrid and won Campions…. sorry gigi but you was not…. Just because Kaylor was born in Costa Rica and not in Europe is is not a reason to underestimate him… In fact with more reasons you have to see his efforts to be in his place…. please be more educated and evaluate what futbol is and who has done more, not just where we come from…. I’m French and Costa Rican too so don’t tell me who is better just because you were not born in Europe….

  9. Acemilan

    “It’s like holding lightning or dating a model…you can’t hold onto it for long. Just enjoy it while it lasts.”

    Best line I have ever read in a post on FI ! LOL

    I really don’t want to see him a Juve .

  10. Julio dhiser

    Hey footboll Italia I’m not being disrespectful with any body… if you block my comment I’ll write a complain against you on the European commission as an European citizen… just because you don’t like my comment is not reason to block it….

    Tell gianluca pagliuca that he is respected for what he did with national team and he was a good player… but he has to respect one of the best goalkeeper of all times, also riola is a money maker with players movements but he is not a futbol manager. Keylor Navas has 4 UCL titles… how many gigi has…. Gigi is a very good player but he has a bigger one in front of him….. He is not good enough to get Keylor positions…. Keylor and Gigi are in one of the best teams in the world, but Keylor was also in Real Madrid and won Campions…. sorry gigi but you was not…. Just because Kaylor was born in Costa Rica and not in Europe is is not a reason to underestimate him… In fact with more reasons you have to see his efforts to be in his place…. please be more educated and evaluate what futbol is and who has done more, not just where we come from…. I’m French and Costa Rican too so don’t tell me who is better just because you were not born in Europe….

  11. joseph mifsud sollazzo

    you have your choice gigo Milan made you rich you and your family you wanted more for your pocket you were a king with MILAN fans not from me i cant see your face now pope die comes another one better than you for my opinion you are a spectator on the bench my fans had the right to boooooo you at meaza Milan in 2 years time they will be GRANDE MILAN without you FORZA MILAN PERSEMPRE My life

  12. Ravanelli

    It has only been a few months. People need to calm down.

    I agree with Vero, this has been over-dramatized.

    Of course the Milan fans are loving these reports but let’s be real, he will either be a starter next season or will move to yet another big club. He is still 22.

  13. Chuck

    I think the agent is the problem here. We have seen it on so many levels with the sort of things he does. The Pogba deal was a good example. This agent is all about filling his own pockets. He even fuels transfer rumours when rival teams are playing and messes up players mind sets in the process. I don’t blame Donnarumma in this case. In life you have to challenge yourself and sometimes that means moving on. Raiola is doing the same thing with Rommagnoli!

  14. LUIGI

    Inter is looking for a gk if you want to return to Milano, Donnarumma!

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