Donnarumma faces hostile reception at San Siro, Mancini defends PSG keeper

Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC MILAN
Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC MILAN / IMAGO

Gianluigi Donnarumma was subject to jeers from fans at San Siro in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals against Spain.

Italy suffered a 2-1 defeat against Spain in the Nations League semi-finals at San Siro last night, ending their 37-match unbeaten streak.

Throughout the game, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was jeered by his home fans.

Donnarumma, who spent around eight years at  AC Milan, sought a free transfer to PSG in the recent summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old opted against extending his contract at San Siro, which, in turn, didn’t go well with the fans.

Last night, they made their feelings clear, and Donnarumma was subject to whistles and boos on his return to San Siro.

However, Roberto Mancini defended the young shot-stopper, clapping back at the fans that it wasn’t a club game.

Mancini said (h/t Marca): “Donnarumma played for Italy, and it was not a club game.

“This situation could have been put aside for one night, and [he could have been] whistled [at] in a possible PSG vs Milan [match]. Italy are Italy and come above all.”

Donnarumma played a key role in Italy winning the Euro 2020, showing his world-class quality in penalty shootouts in both semi-finals and finals.

However, he looked out of sorts against Spain in the Nations League semi-finals, conceding two goals and making some errors.

Donnarumma is currently competing with Keylor Navas to be the first-choice goalkeeper at Paris-Saint Germain.

Italy will face the losers of the Belgium and France game in the third-place match on Sunday.