Star Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has reaffirmed his commitment to Paris Saint-Germain. The starlet joined the Parisian club last summer after excellent displays at AC Milan and winning the UEFA Euro 2020 championship. He’s had a tough outing, however, especially in the Champions League. Furthermore, he’s had to compete for time on the pitch versus a proven star in Keylor Navas. The Donnarumma future seems settled from his perspective.
Paris Saint-Germain strategy won’t change in the next few weeks. Gianluigi Donnarumma will stay and he’s gonna be the first goalkeeper, while PSG are waiting for proposals to sell Keylor Navas. 🔵🔴 #PSG
Donnarumma’s happy in Paris, Keylor could leave.https://t.co/AqQusCJcqD
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 14, 2022
Gianluigi Donnarumma Future Seems Settled
Struggles but Still Time for a Bright Future
“I want to stay here at Paris Saint-Germain. It wasn’t an easy season, I played half the games and couldn’t give my best,” Donnarumma said to AFP in quotes reported by Fabrizio Romano. “Competition with Keylor Navas again next year? No, it won’t be like that. The club will make choices.”
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Decisions regarding the future of the position will belong to PSG. Donnarumma is just 23-years-old, however, while Navas is 35-years-old. This will, of course, play a role in PSG’s decision.
Donnarumma had his fair share of struggles. He’s conceded 17 goals in Ligue 1 in 16 matches. He holds only four clean sheets to his name. In five Champions League matches, Donnarumma has conceded five goals and even accumulated two yellow cards. His mistakes versus Real Madrid continue to haunt PSG’s season. With that being said, PSG is hoisting the Ligue 1 trophy.
Navas holds 20 Ligue 1 appearances to his name. He also holds eight clean sheets. Navas only appeared in three Champions League matches, showing that Donnarumma was preferred in the competition. This was odd from the start, as Navas clearly held plenty more experience.
All in all, the season has not been kind to PSG goalkeepers. Poor play, indecisions regarding starters, and a touch of bitterness between the duo has created tension.
Donnarumma’s talk with AFP makes it clear that he expects to be a clear-cut starter next season. This, of course, likely means a departure for Navas.