Not used so far, the Italian international goalkeeper could make his debut in Red and Blue this Saturday, at the Parc des Princes, opposite Clermont (5 p.m.).
“No player can automatically feel like a holder when they arrive at PSG», Insists Mauricio Pochettino. Words that concern the last Parisian recruit, the young (22 years) Portuguese side Nuno Mendes, but which also apply to Gianluigi Donnarumma, among others. Promised to a bright future and named best player of Euro 2020 won by “his” Italy, the former goalkeeper of AC Milan does not lack ambition. “My goal is to become the best goalie in the worldHe whispered on Canal +.
He nevertheless knew where he landed when he reached Paris. If he was careful not to determine a hierarchy in the post of goalkeeper, publicly or in private, “Poche” has so far retained its confidence in the one who has been indisputable in the Parisian cages for two years, Keylor Navas . “The club is above all the players, it’s very clear“, Continued the Argentine coach Friday, in a press conference, still on the subject of the Portuguese newcomer.
Except that the champion of Portugal does not have exactly the same status as “Gigio”. Moreover, the post of guard is obviously very special. And putting two doormen on the same line has not really served PSG in recent years … “PSG contacted me and wanted me. And I wanted PSG. Competition does not scare me. Keylor is an exceptional goalkeeper but I am here to play. Competition will be positive for both, it will allow me to grow», Still assured Donnarumma, still in this interview on Canal +. And to add: “There is always competition in the big teams, there will be no problem. She is an exceptional person, we are friends, there will be no problem.“
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To see if these words stand the test of time, especially if one or the other had to watch the Champions League from the bench. Until further notice, Donnarumma seems to be content with his status as an understudy. Navas, who extended at the end of last season until 2024 and who probably did not imagine that a rival of this stature would be put in his paws this summer, would be relatively tense, according to the indiscretions of The team .
The last 34-year-old Costa Rican bulwark, who has not developed at his usual level since the start of the season, “seems even less playful (than usual) and indulges in a few moments of tension with the staff“, Assure our colleagues, who describe Sergio Rico as”annoyed», He who is relegated to third position in the hierarchy. Albeit, the 28-year-old Spain international goalkeeper has only appeared on the bench twice since the start of the season and is not on the 25-man roster for the Champions League. It is Alexandre Letellier who will officiate as number 3 in C1, he who has the advantage of being trained at Paris-SG.
“I’m in a hurry. I want to become one of the best goalies in the world. For that, we have to make sacrifices, work, stay humble“, Explained the recent European champion again three weeks ago. And to continue: “I came here to play. I will give my best to be the start.“This may be the case this Saturday (5 p.m.), against the promoted Clermont, on behalf of the fifth day of Ligue 1.”We have not yet decided who will be in the goal. We have different options. It is an optionPochettino said on Friday, maintaining the suspense on this hot topic.
Logic would however want the Italian to be aligned for the first time, knowing that “San Keylor” played on the night of Wednesday to Thursday with Costa Rica (1-1 against Jamaica), with a long journey from San José and the time difference that goes with it. Donnarumma, he started all three matches of Squadra Azzurra, playing only 45 minutes against Lithuania on Wednesday (5-0).
Messi and Neymar packages, Mbappé hoped
Note that Leo Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leo Paredes, they will certainly miss the call this Saturday. Matter of “common sense“For Pochettino, knowing that these four were still in action on the night of Thursday to Friday in South America… Marquinhos, he returned earlier and should be available against the Auvergne.
There is also hope for the injured Kylian Mbappé, Presnel Kimpembe and Mauro Icardi. Marco Verratti is forfeited. Like Sergio Ramos, the latter also being out for the first C1 match of the season, Wednesday, in Bruges. “I’m not worried», Said the Argentinian technician of the Spanish legend, who is still waiting to be able to make his big debut in Red and Blue. To see if Donnarumma will make his own this Saturday, at the Parc des Princes, with the idea of garnering a fifth victory in L1 before turning to the “Champions” and a shock against Lyon, in Paris, in eight days .