The Italian goalkeeper didn’t sign a new contract at the San Siro and was subsequently being touted with a move to west London. However, after careful consideration, he eventually confirmed a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Although Donnarumma has established himself as one of the best goalkeeper’s in world football – emphasised by his heroics at Euro 2020, where he was awarded the player of the tournament – Chelsea were never close to signing him, and he didn’t negotiate with any club until after his time at Milan had officially come to an end.
Speaking to Corriere dello sport, via Football Italia, the 22-year-old maintained that the decision to move on from Milan was solely his one.
“There are decisions that have a longer maturation time,” he said. “I have always made professional choices on my own.
“My family have always left the decision to me and supported me. Mino [Raiola] did the same thing. He respects the wishes of his client 100 per cent and then he does everything to satisfy their requests.”
Interestingly, however, he revealed that he never spoke to any club before the end of his contract at Milan – despite legally being free to do so – and suggested that Euro 2020 actually helped re-ignite interest in him from other European clubs.
“I left Milan and I had no contact with other teams,” he added. “I swear. But I was sure that with a good European Championship, someone would turn up.”
“Milan is my home, I have been there eight years and I’ll always be a fan,” he continued. “But life is made of choices, and I want to keep growing.”
Donnarumma joins Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi as new players in Paris as they’ve established themselves as a newfound super team.
Nevertheless, even though Chelsea seemingly missed out on a chance to sign Donnarumma, the goalkeeper position at the club is well-stacked at the moment.
Edouard Mendy has been fantastic since his arrival at the beginning of last season, whilst Kepa Arrizabalaga’s shown an upturn in form since being dropped to number two, thus the club are in safe hands moving forward.