Donnarumma: Training with Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe making me a better player – Futaa

Since joining Paris Saint-Germain and working with Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma believes he has improved as a goalkeeper.

After failing to reach an agreement with childhood club Milan on a new contract, the Italy international joined PSG on a free transfer in July.

During the transfer window, he was one of a handful of newcomers to the Parc des Princes, the most high-profile of which being likely Messi’s arrival from Barcelona.

PSG already had Neymar and Mbappe, two more superstar attackers, in their ranks, and the trio, along with Messi, have aided Donnarumma’s development both on and off the field.

“Training with them makes you improve a lot. Sometimes there are battles that make you grow,” he said at a news conference on Monday while on Italy duty.

“Training with all these champions helps you develop as a human and as a player.

“It’s a good challenge for me. I’m happy to train with them and grow, to move forward in this new challenge of mine. I always try to give my best.”

PSG’s previous two matches have seen Donnarumma start, and he now appears to be Mauricio Pochettino’s first option, with Keylor Navas as a back-up.

The 22-year-old had previously shared goalkeeping responsibilities with Navas, but claims he was not concerned about losing his spot in the Italy team due to a lack of regular minutes.

“That’s not a problem,” he said. “I went to PSG to play. It’s normal that it’s like this at the beginning. I’m sure everything will be great.

“I have no problems with the national time. I’m continuing on my path and hope everything will go well for me.”

Despite his youth, Donnarumma has already made 218 appearances in Serie A and Ligue 1 since making his Milan debut in October 2015 at the age of 16.

Only Samir Handanovic (219) and Inaki Williams (220) have played in Europe’s top five leagues more frequently during that time.

In his 218 league games, Donnarumma has 72 clean sheets and a save percentage of 72.72.

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