Gianluigi Donnarumma feels 'no pressure' ahead of Juventus-Milan: 'I just want to win and keep a blank sheet'.
The 16-year-old already made history as the youngest goalkeeper in Serie A, and on the day that celebrates the 20th anniversary of Gianluigi Buffon's debut in the championship, he reflects on the upcoming clash.
“I don't feel any pressure,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Of course, San Siro is majestic and you may feel it there a little bit.
“At the Stadium there will be a great atmosphere, but I'm not worried.
“I'm very pleased by the comparisons with Buffon, but I don't think about the future. I just want to train and improve one day at a time.
“My congratulations to Buffon for his splendid career. I hope to swap shirts with him on Saturday evening. Playing against Gigi gives me an extra incentive, but mainly I just want to win the match, possibly without taking goals.
“My objective? Now I just want to keep my spot as a starter, one Sunday at a time. I have two great champions ahead of me here, Diego Lopez and Christian Abbiati.”
Donnarumma found himself in a controversy recently over some posts he wrote on Facebook three years ago which contained offensive comments about Inter and current Azzurri Coach Antonio Conte.
“It's stuff you do when you're 13, I didn't even remember them. I apologise, I didn't want to offend anyone.
“My model? [Manuel] Neuer, everybody looks to him. It's impossible not to admire him.
“My best save? The one against Grossi with Atalanta: I saved it with my foot while I was jumping the other way. The best of all saves, I saw that last year: Diego Lopez on a shot by [Claudio] Marchisio. It was incredible.
“As for my contract, I don't think about it. I'm not even old enough to buy a car. [President Silvio] Berlusconi paid me compliments for what I'm doing.”