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'Money was no problem' Raiola explains Donnarumma's AC Milan contract snub

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Gianluigi Donnarumma

AC Milan were left fuming Thursday when their highly-rated 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma said he would not sign an extended contract with the Italian giants.

AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabella has claimed that the offer the seven time European champions made Donnarumma was enormous, as they wanted to make their new wonderkid a "symbol of Milan".

Members of Milan Club Polonia have created a banner which brands Donnarumma "Vergogna", or "shameful", along with accompanying dollar signs signifying his apparent desire to move for more money.

However, Mirabelli has insisted the Italy worldwide won't be sold, despite the San Siro club running the risk of losing the highly coveted keeper for free next summer.

"I used to respect Donnarumma as a lad and as a player, but I was stunned by the lack of gratitude towards Milan", wrote Sacchi in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We are facing a change in behaviour when it comes to young players", Marotta told Corriere della Sera.

"This decision makes me doubt not just his personal integrity, but also what his future career will hold".

He said: "Raiola informed us that Donnarrumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan".

The referee consequently saw no other option but to stop play for a moment in order to clear the pitch following the protests against Donnarumma.

After Donnarumma rejected the club's offer of a contract renewal this week, it seems as though the Rossoneri have wasted little time in identifying someone to come in and replace him.

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