Gianluigi Buffon’s tearful retreat from the Italian national team leaves a clear path for the young AC Milan goalkeeper to take his place and lead an expected generational renewal.
“It’s a shame that my last match with the national team coincided with a non-qualification. It’s a shame. Not for me, but for the movement, for the people who have come. We have failed something that could be very important. There is a future, because we have strength. Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mattia Perin and others will not make me regret“.
These declarations between tears of Gianluigi Buffon last Monday went around the world. Italy ended up staying out of the World Cup in Russia by falling in the play-offs against Sweden. A defeat that is shaking the foundations of Calcio and that will have important consequences in the coming months.
It is of course the aforementioned Mattia Perin, goalkeeper of 25 years of Genoa, but all eyes are already focused on Gialuigi Donnarumma (18 years). The player of AC Milan is undoubtedly the most promising in the world and with his performances in the rossoneri has earned the right to be considered as the sucessor of the Italian myth.
Renewed last summer, will not play the World Cup but if he is settled as a starter in Italy his price will rise more. And if the team of San Siro is out of European competitions in the next year, it will be difficult for the club to keep it in summer.
The AC Milan goalkeeper was already on the agenda of Real Madrid last summer, but he finally ended up renewing his contract with the Italian team. Now the Spanish team would seek a way for Donnarumma to play at the Santiago Bernabéu next season, but AC Milan would have put a non-negotiable condition to start negotiations. The rossoneri wants Mateo Kovacic and they would have let Real Madrid know that, despite considering the Croatian as non-transferable, he could be forced to include him in the operation.
But at the moment the player seems to be happy and comfortable at Milanello and has no intentions of moving out of Milano in the coming years.
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