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.
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.
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.