Half a day of freedom for the Azzurri, the goalkeeper takes the opportunity to carry out medical tests. In the next few hours, the official announcement of the French club
Wives, children, mothers, fathers, girlfriends and … medical examinations. Gigi Donnarumma used the half day of freedom – indeed, of semi-freedom, because apart from him all the other Azzurri were finally able to relax, but remaining isolated in the hotel bubble – for the first chapter of his second football life: the clinical check up for Paris Saint Germain, who after the European Championship and a few days of vacation will welcome him with them for the next five years. Visits that could have already taken place last week, after the match against Switzerland, but which have wisely been postponed to the end of the group. In order to leave the blue 21 concentrated only on the national team and not on club dynamics.
Gigio left the Parco dei Principi hotel this morning around 9 am to return around 3.30 pm, after having undergone all the usual checks in the Roman hospital of Sant’Andrea. With him the head of the blue delegation Vialli, Enzo Raiola and Professor Ferretti, social doctor of the National team and head physician at Sant’Andrea. The PSG doctor is also waiting for him. Everything was already written and everything was expected, but it still made a certain effect to see Gigio return from visits virtually dressed in a different shirt from that of Milan. He? Smiling, he stopped briefly to say hello and a couple of selfies with some fans. Nothing to do with the whistles – few but loud, in any case in the midst of lots of applause – which last night accompanied his exit from the Olimpico lawn, which came out with all certainty from the mouths of the Rossoneri fans. Donnarumma is about to change his life under the Eiffel Tower, where he will find Leonardo as sporting director, and in the next few hours the official announcement of the Al-Khelaifi club will arrive. Time to fix the latest tweaks of a contract that will bring 10 million net per season into Gigio’s pockets.
THE WALL OF COMPANIONS
The former Rossoneri must be acknowledged for having managed yet another turbulent summer very well. To the health bubble imposed by Covid, Gigio added a mental one of his own, looking for that tranquility inside the blue retreat that is essential to be ready for the European Championship. After all, his comrades gave him a huge hand. And we are not talking about psychological support, but technical-tactical support: in these first three outings Donnarumma received the misery of four shots on goal, half of which were irrelevant. In short, as far as he is concerned, no apparent shock despite a transfer on everyone’s lips and which caused deep discontent among the Milan fans. On the other hand, in this period it is right that only the pitch counts, where Italy, to Gigio’s happiness, has been locking the door for eleven games in a row. And Dino Zoff is now even closer with his unbeaten record broken in June 1974 at minute number 1,143. Donnarumma with yesterday’s 89 reached 874, which is minus 269 from Zoff. That is three games. The count is easy: those that separate us from the final.
June 21 – 17:12
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