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Scout who discovered Gianluigi Donnarumma predicted Milan keeper's contract snub

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The scout who first discovered Gianluigi Donnarumma says people shouldn't be surprised by the Italian's decision to turn his back on AC Milan - having done likewise at Inter Milan.

The Rossoneri announced on Thursday that Donnarumma, through agent Mino Raiola, would not be signing a new contract.

With his current deal expires in June 2018, the 18-year-old will now either be sold in the next two transfer windows or leave as a free agent next year.

"I might come off as unpleasant to some, but I was one of the very few people who saw this coming," Giocondo Martorelli told TMW Radio.

"Knowing various situations, at Milan before and also after, it's not surprising that Donnarumma won't renew the contract. It's a problem that needs to be tracked down to the start to understand who is responsible for reaching this point a year before the end of the contract.

"Donnarumma's history is complex and this is the final result of behaviour that hasn't been fair from the start."

It was Martorelli who first discovered the goalkeeping wonderkid as a child and got him a trial at Inter.

He added: "I saw this kid in Naples and immediately called Piero Ausilio at Inter. For three-and-a-half years, up until 2013, he was being groomed by Inter and had several trial runs there.

"It all went fine until the moment he was set to sign the written contract with the club. That afternoon, we all reached an agreement - him, his father and mother - after four intense years.

"The next morning, they agreed terms with Milan, without warning or fair play. There were some precedents that made me think Donnarumma could get into this situation with Milan"

Donnarumma came up through the Rossoneri youth system and was launched into the first team at just 16 years old.

He has since become one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A, and one of the hottest prospects in world football.

Martorelli said: "I am perplexed at his decision not to stay with a club like Milan, but then I have my ideas on the matter.

"What more do I have to say? I am stunned that some reporters continue to not know the situation or pretend not to listen."

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