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AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma received death threats while holding talks with his club over a new contract, according to his agent Mino Raiola.
According to the Mirror‘s Jack Rathborn, Donnarumma turned down an offer of a €5 million yearly salary, but Raiola opened up on the situation and said the talks never reached that stage. He told Sky Sport Italia, Mediaset Premium and Rai Sport (h/t ESPN):
“We took a decision that we didn’t want to take. It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened. Donnarumma’s family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death. You can’t keep a player by threatening him.
“Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of bullying.
“We never even got to talk about money or release clauses, because we were not allowed to get that far, nor to think of what was best for Gigio. He was ready to sign a new contract, there were no doubts in his mind. They forced us to abandon the negotiations because of the environment created around him.”
The 18-year-old has one year remaining on his deal at the San Siro, and with his refusal to sign a new contract, he appears likely to leave this summer.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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