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 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma hints at stay

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has hinted that he will stay with the Serie A club, telling Italian magazine GQ that he is looking for a home in the Lombardy city.

Donnarumma, 18, has been linked with a move to many of Europe's top clubs as he enters into the final year of his contract with Milan, with talks over an extension so far proving difficult.

However, he said: "I'm serene because everybody involved in these negotiations knows what I want. I form a team with [agent] Mino and Enzo Raiola, who was the first to notice me, and with my family.

"I have a very strong bond with AC Milan. I'm looking for a home in Milan -- a big apartment where there is room for all of my dear ones, and since the centre of Milan is beautiful, that is where I am looking. I feel ready."

Donnarumma made his Serie A debut in October 2015 at 16 years and eight months old, when former Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic made him his first-choice keeper ahead of Diego Lopez.

He has remained Milan's No. 1 and gone on to become the youngest goalkeeper to debut for Italy.

"Right from when I was a child, I was saving shots from kids my age that I should never have been able to save," Donnarumma said. "I didn't realise it at the time -- I just dived even if the ball was angled well, and I would reach them and turn them behind for a corner and just get straight back on my feet.

"That was when I would lift my head and see my teammates' and opponents' eyes wide open, starting with the one who had taken the shot and could not understand how such a well-struck shot didn't end up in the back of the net.

"After the first few times, my teammates started to get used to it, giving me high fives. They were delighted with that kind of magic, and I was happy too. The opponents would change, game by game, but that shocked look of disappointment would be repeated, over and over again."

Donnarumma said he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and ignoring parallels with Gianluigi Buffon, who has tipped him for a move to Juventus

"Buffon is a legend," he said. "He's one of those guys who manages to be liked by everybody. He jokes, he keeps the morale high and he's given me loads of advice. When we train together, I try to steal some of his trade secrets off him because technically he's fantastic."

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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