Italy hero Donnarumma sends emotional message as he leaves AC Milan

Italy Champions Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020: Final

Gianluigi Donnarumma was Italy’s hero in the Euro 2020 final penalty shootout as they edged out England (Picture: Getty Images)

Gianluigi Donnarumma is enjoying the summer of his life after winning Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament having lifted the trophy with Italy and is now set to complete a switch from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 22-year-old cemented his place as one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet as he helped his country to their second European Championship title and is now making a big move in his club career.

Milan failed to come to terms on a new contract with the huge ‘keeper and he is set to join PSG on a five-year deal now his terms with the Rossoneri have come to an end.

Donnarumma has been with AC Milan since the age of 14, already playing 251 times for the first team at such a young age, so it is an emotional move for him to leave for France.

He has thanked all that have helped him on his journey so far, but says the difficult decision to leave was a necessary one.

‘Some choices are difficult, but they are part of a man’s growth,’ he wrote on Instagram.

‘I arrived at Milan when I was little more than a child, for eight years I wore this shirt with pride, we fought, suffered, won, cried, celebrated, together with my team-mates, my coaches, all those who have made and are part of the club, together with our fans who are an integral part of what has been a family for many years.

‘In the Rossoneri shirt I also achieved personal goals, such as my debut at 16 in Serie A. I lived through extraordinary years that I will never forget.

Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final

Donnarumma kept out Bukayo Saka’s penalty at Wembley to end the penalty shootout (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Now the time has come to say goodbye, a choice that was not easy, indeed, and certainly a post is not enough to explain it, or perhaps it cannot even be explained because the deepest feelings can hardly be translated into words.

‘What I can say is that sometimes it is right to choose to change, to face difficult challenges, to grow, to complete oneself.

‘All the Rossoneri I met, from the first to the last day, will always remain in my heart as an important, indeed fundamental part of the life path that made me what I am.

‘I wish Milan all possible success and I do it with my heart, for the affection that binds me to these colours, a feeling that distance and time cannot erase.’

Donnarumma is yet to be unveiled as a PSG player but the move has been agreed.

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