Gianluigi Donnarumma has rocked AC Milan by refusing to sign a contract extension, putting Europe’s top-tier clubs on red alert.
The teenage goalkeeper revealed the decision through his agent, Mino Raiola, who informed the club on Thursday night.
“Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan,” said Milan CEO Marco Fassone.
Donnarumma’s current contract with The Rossoneri expires at the conclusion of the upcoming season, leaving Milan in a situation where they either sell immediately to recoup some of his value or risk letting him leave for free in 2018.
Milan had previously evaluated the 18-year-old as indispensable, saying that not even a bid of €100 million would tempt them to sell him.
“Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but now we have to go forward.”
The news comes as a huge blow to AC Milan, especially after Donnarumma reiterated his desire to remain at the club just days ago through GQ Italia.
“I have a very strong bond with AC Milan,” said Donnarumma to GQ Italia.
“I’m looking for a home in Milan; a big apartment where there is room for all my dear ones, and since the centre of Milan is beautiful, that is where I am looking. I feel ready.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma debuted for Milan in the 2015/16 season, initially as a third-choice goalkeeper behind Christian Abbiati and Diego Lopez.
A string of impressive performances saw him grab the first-choice spot at the club, a role he has retained en route to 72 appearances for AC Milan in his career.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been rumoured as the front-runners for his signature, while a move to Italian champions Juventus could see Donnarumma become the heir to legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.