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Donnarumma: San Siro return wasn’t easy

Italy’s top goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, found it challenging to return to San Siro as his PSG faced former club Milan in the Champions League.

In the summer of 2021, Donnarumma departed from the Rossoneri on a free transfer to join PSG, causing frustration among Milan and their supporters. They had invested considerable trust in him since his debut at the age of 16.

Having relocated to Paris, Donnarumma previously revisited San Siro when representing the Italy national team in the Nations League semi-final against Spain in October 2021.

Nevertheless, the recent clash with PSG on Tuesday marked the first occasion Donnarumma came back to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the presence of a packed Milan crowd.

Donnarumma left Milan for PSG 2021

A hostile reception awaited him, characterized by incessant whistles and chants throughout the game. Before kick-off, fans showered him with fake cash, mocking his ‘Dollarumma’ nickname after his transfer to PSG.

During a Hall of Fame ceremony at Coverciano on Monday, the Italian expressed: “It wasn’t easy in October 2021 and it wasn’t easy now either.

“You try not to get distracted on the pitch and give everything to help your team. After the game you tend to feel it more and let your emotions go, but on the pitch you try not to let it affect you. I’ve grown a lot in that respect,” Donnarumma added.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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