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Paolo Maldini urges current management to respect AC Milan’s history

Paolo Maldini, the renowned Italian footballer, explains why he quit AC Milan following the 2022-23 season in a recent interview with La Repubblica. Club owner Gerry Cardinale fired Maldini and sports director Ricky Massara in June 2023.

Maldini, who played a record 25 seasons with AC Milan and won 26 trophies, including five UEFA Champions League crowns, seven Serie A titles, and one FIFA Club World Cup, is regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation. Despite retiring in 2009, he returned to AC Milan as technical director in 2018.

During his five years as technical director, the great Italian defender was instrumental in constructing the Rossoneri’s Serie A-winning side. Maldini also added Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao, and Mike Maignan to his roster. However, on June 5th, 2023, Maldini and his right-hand man, Massara, were fired.

Maldini stated, “Gerry Cardinale told me that Massara and I were fired. I asked him why and he told me about bad relations with CEO Furlani.

He further added, “There are people that just pass through institutions like Milan that don’t have a real respect for their identity and history…Unfortunately, in modern football, the population of the first type of person keeps growing. I believe you have to keep hold of whoever has those ideals and makes it their work to save a club’s values and identity

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Paolo Maldini expresses his concern about AC Milan’s future

Paolo Maldini. (Source: ESPN)
Paolo Maldini. (Source: ESPN)

Former AC Milan technical director and Italian icon Paolo Maldini has also expressed his willingness to assume a new job in Saudi Arabian clubs, particularly with Al-Ittihad showing interest. According to recent rumors, the Italian has been considered for the role of sports director at Manchester United.

Maldini’s departure from AC Milan after 30 years stunned supporters. In an interview with La Repubblica, he explained his departure and expressed a desire to relocate to Saudi Arabia. He ruled out joining another Italian team since he has a soft spot for Milan. Additionally, it indicated interest in an enticing offer from a prominent international team.

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