Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma, 23, “does not think” of reliving a new season sharing the position of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper with Keylor Navas, and thinks that “the club will make choices” on this position, a-t – he told AFP on Thursday.
Q: You have just been champion for the first time, how did you feel?
“It’s beautiful, it’s my first league title, I’m very happy, and it’s my first trophy with the Paris Saint-Germain jersey. I’m very proud to belong to a great, very ambitious club. , always aiming higher.
You arrived as the best player of the Euro, did you feel any particular pressure?
“Pressure, no. The beginnings were not easy, because it was my first outside Italy, in a new club, a new city. But I feel a big family behind me, a big club, the welcome was great, and after all was easier for me”.
How would you rate yourself for the season?
“It hasn’t been an easy season, let’s say a 7 (out of 10, editor’s note). I know I can do more, I haven’t played so many matches, only half, it hasn’t been easy. In the conditions I experienced, I couldn’t give the maximum, but I’m convinced that I can give a lot more to this team and this club”.
How did you experience the competition with Keylor Navas?
“I have a very good relationship with Keylor, we are two good guys, we understand the situation, but it was hard, and for him too, but let’s say that we managed it well, with the whole group and especially between we both”.
What if there is to be another season like this, to share the job?
“No, I think it will surely not happen like that, because I think the club will make choices”.
Are you on contract until 2026, do you want to stay next season?
“Yes of course”.
Among the difficult moments of the season, what is your version of Benzema’s first goal in Madrid?
“The goal was not valid, but we could have managed the sequel better. We are very disappointed, like all the supporters, but we have to move forward, we can’t wait to play the Champions League again to try to to win”.
“You don’t feel guilty?
“No, absolutely not, we know how it happened, I’m not guilty of anything. Now you have to look ahead now, what’s past is past, there’s nothing we can do to go back and play again quickly the Champions League to show everyone who we are. We received a blow, the following days were not easy, but there was nothing more we could do about it”.
The other difficult moment is Italy’s non-qualification for the World Cup…
“It was hard, very hard, (sighs), the following days were very difficult, but as I just said, we can’t go back. What we did at the Euros will remain in the history, we have achieved something incredible. But Italy must go to the World Cup, and unfortunately we did not succeed. But we must look ahead and start again”.
What are your personal goals for the next year?
“I don’t have personal goals, only collective goals. It’s the group that has to win, we have to do it all together, and the personal rewards will come from that. The first thing to do is give everything for this shirt” .
And win the Champions League?
“We have to try to win it, we are already thinking about it, but first we have to rest, there are two games left to play. We have to win, convince, rest and then come back as strong as possible. Obsession will not lead us nowhere, we just have to keep calm, do what we know how to do, play football, work, and the results will come. Too much obsession can become tension, it will not get us anywhere. It will not be easy, but we have the means to win it”.
Is Kylian Mbappé staying at PSG?
“I don’t know, we don’t talk about that, it’s his choice, he will do it with great serenity. I will be happy if he stays, like all his teammates, but he will make his decision with his family. , will do what is best for him”.