Controversial agent Mino Raiola has lashed out at the Milan board, accusing them of endangering Gigio Donnarumma's life by not permitting him to leave the San Siro.
In a move that could be interpreted as somewhat vindictive, Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has denied the wantaway keeper a transfer ahead of the upcoming season despite the likelihood of losing out on a massive transfer fee when the 18-year old's contract expires in 2018.
"Donnarumma is a great champion, a great guy and a Milan player," Mirabelli told Sportitalia. "For this next season, he will certainly play with us still.
"It's the coach who makes the decisions. They say who will make the bench or sit in the stands — it is not in heaven or on earth," he added, implying that the former Milan darling could find his name missing from the starting lineup during next season's Serie A campaign.
The implication was not lost on Raiola, who blasted the club's board and even went so far as to accuse them of putting the player's life at risk.
"The situation had become too violent and hostile, so there was no way out," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"We took a decision that we didn't want to take," the agent continued. "It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened. Donnarumma's family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death. You can't keep a player by threatening him."
"Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of bullying," the man who reportedly made £20m from Juventus' 2016 sale of Paul Pogba added.