Zoff tells Donnarumma: Don’t think about money

Dino Zoff, widely regarded as Italy's greatest ever goalkeeper, has urged AC Milan teenager Gianluigi Donnarumma to put his mind on gaining more experience and not think about money.

The 18-year-old Italy international is one of the most sought after footballers in Europe, with a number of clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, keen on taking him away from Milan.

Donnarumma has so far delayed signing a new contract with the club, with agent Mino Raiola saying there are up to 11 clubs around Europe who are interested in his services.

But, Zoff, who captained the Azzurri to Word Cup glory in Spain in 1982, says Donnarumma, seen by many as the heir apparent to the great Gianluigi Buffon, should focus on becoming a better goalkeeper instead of seeking a move away from the Rossoneri.

"Donnarumma is so young and strong that he should relax and not already be thinking about where to go with a bit more or a bit less money," Zoff told Rai Radio 1.

"The important thing is that he gets some experience now because his prospects look very positive."

Donnarumma is expected to grow into one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation. He has been Milan's first choice goalkeeper since making his debut for the club as a 16-year-old, and did not miss a single match during the 2016-17 Serie A season.

Should David de Gea leave Manchester United for Real Madrid, reports suggest that Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho wants the teenager to become the club's number one. And, FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said he thinks the player should replace Buffon at Juventus when Italy's most capped international retires.