Italy Keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma Opens Up on His PSG Struggle

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has revealed his frustration with his sporadic game time at the Parc des Princes. Italy’s first-choice shot-stopper left Milan to move to Ligue 1 as a free agent in the summer.

Despite carrying a reputation as one of Europe’s finest keepers, Donnarumma has yet to land a regular starting berth in Paris. While he was the indispensable starter at Milan, the 22-year-old has Keylor Navas to beat to the spot between the sticks at PSG. That has so far proved an issue as head coach Mauricio Pochettino continues to alternate the duo across all competitions.

The Italian whizz-kid has featured twice in the Champions League, adding only five appearances in Ligue 1, which stands for just 38% of PSG’s competitive matches this season. Though his unpleasant situation in France has not affected his place at the national team, Donnarumma is growing frustrated with Pochettino’s constant rotations. 

Donnarumma maintains the lack of regular first-team action has no impact on his overall showings but concedes it affects him personally.

It has no effect on my performances, but it ‘disturbs’ me,” he said as relayed by Italian journalist Alfredo Pedullà. “It’s not easy because I was used to always starting, and sometimes it hurts to be on the bench.

But I’m sure the situation will be resolved.” 

It appears as if Donnarumma has already regretted his decision to swap Milan for Paris despite receiving the salary he so desperately tried to extort from the Rossoneri. Meanwhile, the Italian outfit brought in Mike Maignan from Lille in the summer to fill the void, which has turned out to be a huge success so far.

Maignan was nothing short of outstanding before picking up an injury that will keep him on the sidelines until January.