AC Milan have told Gianluigi Donnarumma to make a decision soon over a new contract as uncertainty grows over his future with the club.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper’s contract has only 12 months left to run and and no agreement has been made over a new deal as Donnarumma waits to see whether the new Chinese ownership will invest in new players this summer.
The future Italy No.1, who has remarkably played 72 times for the Rossoneri first team already, has attracted interest from a host of top clubs, and Milan general director Marco Fassone has called on Donnarumma to come to a decision as they look to prepare for next season.
‘Donnarumma is a cornerstone and a foundation for next season. We have told him this right from the first time we met for talks,’ Fassone told Mediaset.
‘I can see a willingness to stay in his eyes, but we cannot afford to just sit back and wait for him to make a decision. We need to give Vincenzo Montella his squad for next season on July 3. Our time is more pressing than that of his agent Mino Raiola.
‘We need to know if we still have a goalkeeper, whether he will leave or whether we will have a goalkeeper with an expiring contract.
‘No club would leave a goalkeeper like Donnarumma in the stands, but we cannot have a goalkeeper with an expiring contract.
‘I am convinced that our offer and our plans with him are good, but we will have to activate a back-up plan if he does not want to renew.’
The young keeper played in every league encounter this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in total while conceding 45 times.