Abbiati sees similarities in Donnarumma

Christian Abbiati says he sees himself in 17-year-old AC Milan goalkeeping sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The former Rossoneri shot-stopper has heaped praise on Donnarumma, who, at the age of 16 years and 8 months, became the youngest goalkeeper to start a match in Serie A.

Since his debut against Sassuolo at the San Siro, the talented young man has gone on to cement his place in Vincenzo Montella's line-up.

Abbiati, who holds the record for the most appearances as a goalkeeper for Milan, told Gazzetta dello Sport: "I see myself in Gigio, we’re quite similar temperamentally.

“He’s introverted, he doesn’t feel pressure. I’m not surprised by him, I saw him in training and I know his qualities, the only unknowns were the impact of San Siro and the weight of the starting shirt.

“Another complicating factor is consistency, but he has always remained focused. That’s how it is when the play is at the other end of the pitch, and within seconds the opponents can be in your box – you have to stay switched on.

“I knew right away he could have a great future, ever since I went to see him train with the Primavera. Even an idiot would have seen that he had above-average quality.

“I repeat, I can see myself in certain aspects of his character, I’d say he’s an atypical Neapolitan!

“He has a great family behind him, he has all the qualities to be a future Milan captain, but I stress the word future."