Massimiliano Mirabelli referred to agent Mino Raiola as “the rot” and warned “anyone who wants Gianluigi Donnarumma must meet our demands.”
The situation hit crisis point over the last 24 hours, as first there were reports agent Mino Raiola and Donnarumma’s lawyers sent a letter requesting the annulment of the contract signed this summer, claiming it had been penned under “psychological pressure” and as a result of “moral violence.”
This evening, Rossoneri ultras held up banners and insulted the goalkeeper throughout the 3-0 Coppa Italia victory over Verona.
“Our position is clear: we do not need to sell anyone,” Mirabelli told reporters at San Siro.
“If a player did want to leave, he would have to tell us first, then obviously a club would need to meet our demands. We will not be grabbed by the throat by anyone.
“Gigio is an exceptional lad, I spoke to him a few minutes ago and he never said he wanted to leave. Perhaps there is a gentleman who wants to organise something, but we will look out for Milan’s interests in every arena.
“We understand the fans are upset, but they ought to jeer the opposition and not our own players. It’s not all Gigio’s fault and we must support him, because he is part of the club’s heritage.
“We must protect him, as we know where the rot is coming from. We hope to resolve this situation soon.”
It’s safe to assume Mirabelli was referring to agent Raiola, who he clashed with many times over the summer.
“I have no meeting planned with Raiola. The lad has a contract to 2021, so I have nothing to say to Raiola. We are closer than ever to Gigio, because we have no intention of selling him.
“If he wants to leave, he has to beg us, but I spoke to him and he never asked that. He loves Milan. We will protect Gigio and Milan from some gentleman who is trying to damage our club.
“One day, Gigio will realise where the good and the bad really is. There is some gentleman who is becoming more of a showman than anything else. We can laugh it off, but won’t let him get away with it.”
Mirabelli was asked what Milan would do if there was an offer for the goalkeeper.
“Anyone who wants Donnarumma will have to meet our demands.”