Gab Marcotti explains why Gianluigi Donnarumma has not renewed his contract at AC Milan and assesses possible next steps.

Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta has said Gianluigi Donnarumma’s decision not to extend his contract with the club is “understandable.”

Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, told Milan on Thursday that the 18-year-old goalkeeper, whose current deal expires in 2018, would not accept the offer of a new contract.

“I’m not very surprised,” Costacurta, who spent 21 years at Milan, told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s also understandable in a certain way. Each and every solicitor wants to go and work in the most reputed law firm, any professor would like to teach at Harvard and AC Milan are just not one of the best clubs in the world right now.

“Donnarumma may have changed his original idea and decided to go in a different direction.

“Behind his decision is the lure of a club who, at the moment, are more attractive economically and have a greater pulling power in the eyes of that extraordinary goalkeeper.

“Milan fans didn’t expect such behaviour from him, but often you want to jump onto the best bandwagon.”

Costacurta said he did not believe Donnarumma could be criticised for the decision but added: “It’s a risky one. He’s not going to have the credit that he had here at Milan.”

But Italy under-21 international Donnarumma’s decision surprised some, with former Italy goalkeeper Dino Zoff telling itasportpress.it: “To tell the truth, I didn’t expect this.

“He’s still so young and I don’t believe he has any problems at Milan. Certainly a player like him, who is capable of doing very well, is going to have a lot of options open for him now.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma will not sign a new AC Milan deal.

And Giocondo Martorelli, who recognised the youngster’s ability when he watched him as a 10-year-old, told TMW Radio: “Major sports newspapers and television channels have always pretended not to know what was going on and what happened before.

“Donnarumma’s story is complex and unique, and this is the final result of behaviour which was never correct right from the start.”

He said he had “immediately called [sporting director Piero] Ausilio at Inter” after seeing Donnarumma making saves.

“From then, and for three and a half years, up to 2013, there was an important relationship with Inter. It’s a long story right up to the moment when he signed an agreement with the club,” he added.

“That afternoon, with his father, his mother and him, we reached an agreement after four intense years. Then, the following morning, they reached an agreement with Milan, without any warning and without any decency.

“What they signed the day before was worthless. There were precedents which made me think that this outcome might happen.”

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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