Donnarumma: I dream of AC Milan captaincy

The 17-year-old goalkeeper cemented himself as the San Siro side’s first choice shot stopper and hopes to enjoy a long relationship with the club

Gianluigi Donnarumma says captaining AC Milan is a “dream” of his and hopes to remain at the club for a long time.

Donnarumma went from an unknown teenager to Milan’s first-choice keeper in his first season with the senior team in 2016-17, having debuted in October.

The 17-year-old’s exploits have attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, though Silvio Berlusconi has been quick to insist the Italian is not for sale.

But Donnarumma – seen as the heir to Gianluigi Buffon’s throne in the national team – has allayed fears of a departure from the San Siro.

“I really like the idea of renewing my contract and I also like to think I will have a lasting relationship with Milan for the coming years,” he told the La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ve always been a Milan supporter and I must say the captain’s armband is a dream of mine, a crowning achievement in my career path.

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“Obviously though, one thing at a time.”

Milan endured another forgettable 2015-16 season in Serie A, finishing seventh, 23 points outside of the Champions League spots, as coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was replaced by Cristian Brocchi during the campaign.

Vincenzo Montella has since been appointed as head coach and the Rossoneri are looking to surprise this term, using Premier League champion Leicester City as their inspiration.

“I only say that the Milan that fell out of the European places can’t been seen again,” he added. “The campaign will be hard, but if Leicester can make their mark…”

Of new boss Montella, Donnarumma said: “He is excellent. He has so much desire, we’re all doing well. He’s the right coach to restart with.”

The original version of this story which was published by Serie A can be viewed here.

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