Gianluigi Donnarumma contract hinges on new AC Milan owners - agent
Gianluigi Donnarumma's agent, Mino Raiola, has said he cannot commit the AC Milan goalkeeper's future to the Serie A club until he knows what their new owners' plans are.
Donnarumma turned 18 on Saturday and is now able to sign his first full professional contract. He is currently playing on youth terms, which expire in 2018, and with many of Europe's top clubs following his progress, Raiola has given them hope of signing the youngest goalkeeper to represent Italy.
"I know a lot of things, but it's difficult to predict the future. Nobody knows it," Raiola told reporters after celebrating Donnarumma's 18th birthday with the player, in quotes reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have a pact that we are going to leave him be. In fact, we're not going to talk about it at all -- we have agreed this.
"I've not spoken to anybody from the new Milan yet. For me, Milan are still represented by [general manager Adriano] Galliani, so I don't have any contact in the new Milan. The lad is just concentrating on doing his job and I am doing mine.
"This is a clear division of roles and I am the one looking at his future and the possibilities, and then it is the player who takes the final decision. But first I think it is my duty to see what Milan are going to become.
"That is the most important question and you are not asking it because you are focusing only on his contract renewal and not what Milan are going to become. Nobody can tell you, not least I. Until I see the new owners and start to talk with them, I cannot get a clear picture in my mind."
The takeover of Milan by a group of Chinese investors is due to be finalised this Friday, bringing an end to Silvio Berlusconi's 30-year ownership of the Rossoneri.
Since Berlusconi first entered into negotiations with the proposed new owners, expenditure has decreased and Raiola is waiting to see whether that changes once the takeover goes through.
Milan have now gone three years without qualifying for Europe and are currently seventh in the table.
"Does he deserve a great Milan? No, he deserves a great team," Raiola said. "I am not married to anybody, my job is about not being partial to any club."
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.