Fri 25 June 2021 | 12:28

Ancelotti: ‘Maignan was the best replacement for Donnarumma at Milan’

The newly appointed Real Madrid coach revealed he has spoken to Paolo Maldini to ‘express his satisfaction’ after his former club replaced Gigio Donnarumma with Mike Maignan.

Italy international's #1, 

Gianluigi Donnarumma

, refused to commit his future to Milan as 

he sets to join PSG on a free transfer this summer



the Rossoneri completed the signing of Lille’s goalkeeper

Mike Maignan

, as the Italian's replacement.

Keeping 21 clean sheets in 38 Ligue 1 games, the 25-year-old was essential in 


historic season as they lifted the league trophy for the first time in a decade.


“I spoke to Paolo Maldini and I expressed my satisfaction, it was a choice that made some noise,” the former 


 player and manager, 

Carlo Ancelotti

, told 

Il Giornale


“I know Maignan from my time at PSG, then he was a boy, and I could sense his talents. I often let him train with the first team.

“He’s a very calm person, technically essential. He will always be secure and useful.”


On the criticism 


 received since only five players of them 'took the knee' before their Euro 2020 game against Wales, the former Chelsea boss said: “Here in England it has become a habit.

“We have been doing it for a year and a half and there’s no discussion.

“I think it’s not essential to kneel for a few seconds. The question is not resolved. The real issue is to educate the new generations on the issue of racism that is still present in our societies.”



Roberto Mancini’s Italy

 splendid run at Euro 2020, the Italian added: “They are the great surprise and at the same time the novelty of the tournament.

“Because they play attacking football, without any shrewdness, they have a proven defensive organisation and has the youth as its hard core, guaranteeing running and enthusiasm.

“Beyond the results, I have seen a united group and a team that play well in all conditions. It’s thanks to the clear ideas of Roberto Mancini.

“In three years he has worked with the same game system in which the Azzurri find themselves comfortable. He has changed some of the protagonists, without experimenting. He has gone straight down his own path, obtaining adherence to the style he wanted to impose.”


On his former player at 


Marco Verratti,

 who returned to the starting line-up against Wales, 


said: “I know him well, I coached him in Paris. “He has a great personality, to which he has now added international experience.

“He is one of the few in the Azzurri who has played for the Champions League and this quality will also count now that the European Championship enters the final stages.”

Italy face Austria at Wembley tomorrow and Ancelotti believes the Azzurri are favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals.

“Italy, for their characteristics, for the freshness they express, are able to compete with everyone,” Ancelotti claimed. “Even with the big names in the competition.”


source: SportMob

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