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Paolo Maldini confirms Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave Milan

Ross Jackson
Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave Milan on a free this summer
Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave Milan on a free this summer / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has confirmed Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave the club on a free transfer this summer.

Speculation regarding the youngster's future has circled for some time now with the two parties unable to come to an agreement over a new deal.

Donnarumma has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in European football over the last couple of years and has already racked up over 250 appearances for I Rossoneri despite still being just 22 years of age.

However, despite Donnarumma's evident talent, Football Italia report that director Maldini has confirmed he will be leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

Maldini appeared to take a swipe at the outgoing shot-stopper, suggesting he has shown a lack of professionalism by saying: "People sometimes don’t realise what it means to be a professional."

It's unclear whether the Milan director is referring to the contract negotiations between the relevant parties or another separate incident, though Donnarumma's immanent departure certainly seems to have left a sour taste in the mouths of the Milan hierarchy,

Gianluigi Donnarumma is on his way out of Milan
Gianluigi Donnarumma is on his way out of Milan / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Stefano Pioli will now be on the hunt for a new number one as he looks to build a side capable of challenging city rivals Inter at the top of Serie A, with Lille shot-stopper Mike Maignan rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Milan.

I Rossoneri started last season very strongly and looked nailed on to be in the reckoning for the Scudetto at the end of the campaign, though the wheels soon fell off and they were ultimately left sweating over their place in next season's Champions League.

Pioli's side ultimately managed to secure a top-four finish and with champions Inter looking like parting ways with boss Antonio Conte there'll be real hope that Milan can mount a genuine title challenge next season.