Will Gianluigi Donnarumma officially wear the Paris Saint-Germain jersey this Sunday evening, against Stade de Reims at the end of the fourth day of Ligue 1? This is the question everyone is asking. Arrived with great fanfare a few weeks ago during an XXL transfer window for the capital club, the Italian returned from his vacation and continued his preparation to be ready for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. Absent during the first two meetings, the former AC Milan goalkeeper appeared in the group last week against Stade Brest but it was indeed Keylor Navas, the usual holder of the post, who kept the cage of the PSG.
This Sunday, it may well be that the situation changes, especially in view of the last outing of coach Mauricio Pochettino, about the hierarchy of goalkeepers: “It’s a decision that we must take like others in a workforce of 27 or 28 players, said the Argentine coach. There is only one goalkeeper who can start the game, the decision will be made in the best interests of the group each time. “For this fourth day of Ligue 1, a tenure from Gianluigi Donnarumma cannot be ruled out. For the moment, we do not know if the PSG staff have planned to alternate the two goalkeepers or if they wish to assign each one a role depending on the competitions played. The fact remains that before the start of the Champions League where PSG will find Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Bruges, Mauricio Pochettino will want his two men to be there.
Market opportunity (free arrival), the Italian (22) already has a lot of experience for his young age with no less than 251 games played with AC Milan. Crowned with a title of European champion with Squadra Azzura last July and the title of best player in the competition, Gianluigi Donnarumma knows the challenge that Paris Saint-Germain represents. If he said he was delighted to have joined the team, he is well aware that he will have to deserve his place against Keylor Navas, irreproachable since 2019. “PSG contacted me and wanted me and I wanted PSG. Competition does not scare me. Keylor is an exceptional goalkeeper but I’m here to play, cowardly Donnarumma. Competition is good for both, it allows me to grow. I came here to play and I will give my best to start. There is always competition in the big teams, there will be no problem. Keylor an exceptional person, we are friends, there will be no problem. “
Although Navas continues to demonstrate his skills, there is no doubt that the former Milanese is impatient on the sidelines while waiting to play. This Sunday, he could have the opportunity to play his first minutes and officially launch the biggest challenge of his career.