Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma has thanked Ac Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his impact during their time together.

The pair lined up together in the red and black colours of AC Milan last season before the goalkeeper completed a move to PSG on a free transfer last summer.

“Zlatan is very important to me. He will remain a big part of my life. I matured and progressed a lot since his return to Milan, and not just in football. He gave me that boost that I was missing.” Donnaruma told France Football.

The Lev Yashin award recipient further added,

“He has this tenacity, this strength to bring out the best in you. And, even when he says something to you that may seem harsh to you, it’s to push you to give more. At first, you may have a hard time picking up all this, and exclaim: “Mamma mia, that Zlatan!” But, quickly, you understand that he does it for your own good. It was important for the whole team to have him by our side.”

The Italy No.1 was brilliant for his country during the Euro 2020 tournament and was one of their best players of the tournament. A performance which has seen him win the Lev Yashin award as the world’s best goalkeeper.