Gianluigi Donnarumma says he is ready to start the new season with Milan and use the disappointment of last term as ‘an extra push’.
Milan beat SPAL 3-2 in their final game of the previous campaign, but Donnarumma went off with injury and the Rossoneri ultimately failed to qualify for the Champions League.
That led some to speculate the goalkeeper had played his last match for the Diavolo, but he has now assured that his mind is set on staying put.
“I came back a little earlier to be ready for today and start preseason with the rest of the team,” the 20-year-old told Milan TV.
“I was sorry to leave the field after only a few minutes in Ferrara, but I’m ready to start this season.
“The first day of preseason always gives you very strong emotions. It always seems like the first time, so I’m excited and I can’t wait to start giving everything.
“We have to give everything to get back to where we want to be, in Europe. I’m sorry about how last season went, although, like the Coach and directors said, we can work harder to get back where we deserve to be.
“Ten minutes before the end of the game we were in the Champions League, but we all know how it ended up.
“There was so much bitterness, but it must give us an extra push to get there this season.
“I’m much more mature now. Even though I’m still only 20, I feel more like a man thanks to Milan.
“I’ve also improved a lot as a player, but I still need to improve so much because it never ends.
“In every training season, you have to give everything to improve more and more.”