Paolo Maldini has answered back to Silvio Berlusconi’s words, saying that if he does return he wants to be able to make his own choices and talked about some differences between the old & new Milan.
President Berlusconi said earlier this week that he doesn’t think Maldini is available to return to the club as a director because he now owns a football club in the US.
But the #3 gave his side of the story last night, saying that there is simply too big a difference of visions between the current management and himself for him to work for Milan right now. In a lengthy interview to Telelombardia, Maldini spoke about the problems of the Rossoneri and said that it the past the technical area, which is now almost solely controlled by Vice President and joint-CEO Adriano Galliani, was structured better.
“The current state of Milan? I would say that there’s a bit of confusion,” Paolo said. “The two CEO’s doesn’t not work. There is a lack of unity of purpose between Galliani and Barbra Berlusconi. A project is missing. It doesn’t help to have had five coaches in recent years, including three first-timers.
“Berlusconi’s said I’m unavailable to return to Milan? It’s true I am co-owner of Miami FC, but I have no role within the club. I’ve helped to find a director of sport and a coach. I live in Milan, not the United States, despite what people say. I have always tried to build my future based on myself and without asking for anything. I have never descended to compromises in my career.
“Once something is finished then it’s finished. Consequently, I created an alternative to football. It’s not necessarily true that being a champion at a club means you must remain there as a director. The truth is that in recent years many of the people who worked at Milan called me to try and ask for help. Leonardo, Massimiliano Allegri, Clarence Seedorf and Barbara Berlusconi all called me.
“I always listened to them. I have a great life that is not just made up of football, but I will always be a Milan fan. I am not the one who calls them, they call me every now and then to ask for help. If I was to one day have a role at a club like Milan, I’d want the right to make my own decisions. I think that we must respect the fact the current club does not see me as a person suited to that role.
“If Galliani is the problem? No, he’s not. Milan are lacking something in terms of competence. Paradoxically, Milan is the club that has the most employees in Italy but they are lacking and under-structured in the technical area. Those who called me wanted technical and tactical support. They said ‘but if I want to talk to someone about football, with whom can I speak?’
“In fact, the problem is not that Maldini does not work at Milan but that Milan have had so many champions and none of them can find a place in the club. That doesn’t happen at Bayern Munich or at Barcelona. In those clubs, the tradition counts and weights on the younger generation.
“This, at Milan, has been lost. The problems of Milan? This is the situation. I think the group of players is fully aware of how they reached certain results. I my view, Milan believed that great players could be replaced by those who weren’t as good and the club would be enough to keep them going. But it’s not the case. [In our day] the tasks were divided and there was a great respect for the roles.
“The lives at Milanello were almost separated from the club. There was an autonomous management at Milanello in terms of the relationship between the technical area: coaches and players. This wasn’t understood by the club and these are the results. What really disappoints me is that many lads were at Milan and wanted to give something back to this club, but are not given the chance.
“And I am not just talking about me. If I can come back to the club with a new management? I think it’s absurd to talk about new owners. There has been talk of this for years. President Berlusconi, who I care for very much, knows what I’m like and I think he appreciates me. Quite rightly, I make my evaluations on whether I am compatible with certain situations or not. Am I still available? I think within the current club absolutely not, because we have completely opposing visions.
“I’m not being cocky but really I have created life outside of football which is great. Finding time for myself is invaluable. I could change this lifestyle for something incredibly exciting that might be an adventure in football, however. Will the new owners keep the same men in charge? I don’t know, that is not a question for me. If I put €750m on the table to buy a club, I’d want it to have my imprint. It seems strange that the new owners wouldn’t decide on the men to put in charge.
“The effect the Chinese would make at Milan? It would be the end of an era to have Milan owned by Chinese investors, but it’s a modern world we need to get accustomed to. It happened in the most important Leagues in Europe and consequently will happen in Italy.
“We mustn’t forget all that Berlusconi did, despite the criticism. If I would accept a possible offer from Inter? Impossible,” concluded Maldini, who will be turning 48 later this month.