AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has returned to the club as a Sporting Strategy & Development Director and will work alongside Leonardo, as a new era begins for the Rossoneri under Elliott Management.
Maldini was officially unveiled and the Italian talked about his vision and plans in his first press conference.
“We’ve finished sixth two years in a row. We certainly need to improve the team,” He said.
“I’ve only just joined, but we’ve been talking on the phone and in the coming days we’ll know more about the market. The first objective is to stay within the FFP parameters, so there will be no crazy spending. I only joined the club today, so there will be time to talk about transfer strategy. The owners want to keep hold of the club for a medium to long term, which is part of the reason I accepted a return.”
“My history means I must accept jobs that aren’t just short-term. We also have to plan things for the long-term. I’ve spoken to [Coach Gennaro] Gattuso, we’ll meet up soon.”
“Romagnoli and Caldara defensive partnership? Alongside Rugani they’re the two most promising defenders. Still, we’re talking about lads who are old enough to get the best out of themselves. We’re happy with the defence and team. What I can do is talk with the lads and Coach.”
“Gennaro Gattuso? You don’t know Gattuso, he’s never calm, he doesn’t know what it is to be calm. He’s worse now than when he left for the US. Him being reconfirmed as our Coach has never been in question. He transmits the club’s values. When we meet, we’ll hear his requests.”
“I was lucky enough to play for Milan with Tassotti, Baresi, Costacurta and Filippo Galli. We had the best defensive line in Italy. Today’s group know what it means to stay at Milan. They can do well.”
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