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No threat of Donnarumma doing a runner as U-turn sees him sign new Milan deal

The 18-year-old has been heavily criticised for having initially turned down a new contract last month.

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JUST THREE WEEKS after telling AC Milan that he would not be signing a new contract, their 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has – rather inevitably – had a change of heart.

He has now reportedly agreed a new five-year contract with the Rossoneri worth an estimated £100,000 per week.

The news comes after the teenager – who has been the club’s first-choice since the tail-end of 2015 (he was handed a debut at 16) – was heavily criticised by Milan fans for his decision to walk away from the team who gave him his breakthrough.

Donnarumma spent June immersed in the Under-21 European Championship as Italy got as far as the semi-finals.

But, his off-field issues were an unnecessary distraction and during a game against Denmark, play was disrupted when Milan fans stationed behind Donnarumma’s goal threw fake dollar bills at him and unveiled a banner which read ‘Dollarumma’.

After some more discussions between Milan and Donnarumma’s agent – the controversial Mino Raiola – everything became a little more amicable and it’s understood an agreement has been reached on a new contract.

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