Berlusconi: Donnarumma wouldn’t leave on my watch

Former AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi insists he would have found a way to hold on to star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for a few more seasons.

The 18-year-old recently turned down a new lucrative contract from the Rossoneri, and with only a year left on his current deal he looks set to leave Milan this transfer window.

Berlusconi, who sold his controlling stake in Milan to Chinese consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, believes the situation would have played out differently under his rule.

"I'd do everything to stop Donnarumma leaving," Berlusconi told Porta a Porta.

"However, being a lad who has the chance to earn €100million in another club, I have to wonder who wouldn't have done the same.

"In any case, I would've found a way of keeping Donnarumma with my abilities, finding a middle ground to let him stay for a while at Milan and then make the big move of his lifetime."