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“Nobody expected Mancini’s resignation”, admits Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma admits everyone was surprised by Roberto Mancini’s resignation from his post as the Italy head coach.

Earlier in August, Roberto Mancini resigned from his post as the Azzurri coach and accepted Saudi Arabia national team coach job. Luciano Spalletti replaced him as the Italy head coach.

Donnarumma told DAZN: “Nobody expected Mancini’s resignation. I spoke to him, we talked, I thanked him because we made history. Unfortunately, there was the failure to qualify for the World Cup, but we made history by winning the European Championship and it will remain forever.

“Of Mancini I can say that he gave a lot, he made us feel good and play well. The days in the national team were really good, we were good together, with a spectacular staff. I can only thank him for what he gave me and what he gave to Italy.

“I’ve never met Spalletti, but after what he did with Napoli, he can do super well and great things.”

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper also said he still follows Serie A in France.

“I’ve watched Inter, I always follow it. I think it’s a great league, they’re all great teams. Milan have made a great team by changing many players who have already settled in well, Pioli works very well.

“Inter we know how strong they are, Napoli have won the Scudetto, many can play for it until the end, but I think it will be a three-way fight between Napoli and the Milanese clubs.”

Former Milan keeper thinks Victor Osimhen and Lautaro Martinez will fight for Capocannoniere this season.

“I know Lautaro well because he scored a few goals against me. Osimhen is a force of nature, but I don’t know him, I think he can have his say in the top scorer rankings.”

Donnarumma insisted he is very happy in Paris and he has got used to living outside Italy.

“At the beginning, it was normal to miss it a little. Playing in Italy is different, you’re at home and everything is different.

“Now I’m very happy, I’ve got used to it, I still don’t miss it but Italy is missing in everything and that’s normal. Once a month I come back and I’m very happy.”

The 24-year-old also explained how he deals with criticism.

“I’m used to criticism. It’s normal that you always feel it’s your fault and it bothers you a little, especially if it comes from Italy, but now I’m used to it. Now I’m fine, I have a lot of serenity, I want to prove myself and I’m very calm.”

The Italian goalkeeper admitted he misses the late Sinisa Mihajlovic.

“I miss him a lot, I heard from him even a little before he passed away. We had a laugh, for me Sinisa was a second father, in a footballing sense and humanly he gave me so much.

“I did the least I could do for him, I miss him a lot. The calls we had were very nice, they are things that remain forever, and I miss him a lot.”

Donnarumma also said Inter, Napoli, and his former team Milan will fight to Serie A title this season.

“I think there are a few teams that can fight until the end. Inter, Napoli, Milan, it will be a hard-fought Serie A and we’ll have fun.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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