Maldini: “The Milan management and I have opposing visions, the club lacks in competence, I’ll always be a fan”

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Italy's Paolo Maldini (L) Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon stand during the inter religious "match for peace" football game in Rome's Olympic Stadium on September 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Maldini, Pirlo and Buffon stand before the ‘Match for Peace’ at Stadio Olimpico on September 1, 2014. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 13: AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, President of AC Milan Silvio Berlusconi and Paolo Maldini during a ceremony prior to the Serie A match between AC Milan and Napoli at the San Siro on January 13, 2008 in Milan Italy. (Photo by Newpress/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paolo Maldini;Carlo Ancelotti;Silvio Berlusconi
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“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?’

Istanbul, Turkey:  AC Milan's Brazilian forward Kaka (L) hugs AC Milan's Italian captain and defender Paolo Maldini (C) after he scored an opening goal during the UEFA Champions league football final AC Milan vs Liverpool, 25 May 2005 at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul. AC Milan leads 1-0.  AFP PHOTO CARL DE SOUZA  (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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“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.

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“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.

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“If I would accept an offer from Inter? Impossible,” concluded Maldini. Paolo Maldini is the most truest and loyal Milanista in the world.

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Maldini rubbed the management and the fans the wrong way. “I’m not one of you” after the loss to Liverpool. His refusal to retire gracefully. Milan ended up having to publicly announce his retirement to get him to go. His decision to play at centre back, when he was a much better left back. He wouldn’t/couldn’t go to Inter but at the end of his career he kept flirting with the idea of going to England or Spain. I guess no team took the bait.

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“His refusal to retire gracefully”? Excuse me? Let me remind you that Maldini was terrific till the very end. Go read Pirlo’s autobiography to appreciate this legend. He did rub the management the wrong because they deserved it. When it came to the fans, he was always number 1 and will always be, like it or not. He only contemplated leaving in the late 90s and only to Chelsea. A fleeting thought, however. So get your facts straight. Maldini is the epitome of AC Milan. Technically impeccable. A Gentleman. It’s about time that Galliani gave up his position for Paolo!

Gupta
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Gupta

Did you even know why he say that? Seriously, get a grip. Read more about the incident.

Pouriya
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Pouriya

I hope Chinese bring him back! He really can help Milan.

ACMilanLover
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ACMilanLover

Hey Bro … Are you from India?? I am also an AC Milan fan from India

Orco Banerjee
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Orco Banerjee

Me too from India. Milan fans are rare in number in India.

Indomilanista
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Indomilanista

I am from india… a rossoneri from past 13 years

amal
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amal

im from kerala…i think im the only one from kerala here

Forza Milan
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Forza Milan

I am also from India. Rossoneri fan from 1996.

Souvik Mandal
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Souvik Mandal

Another one from India 🙂

Forza Milan

Ganz
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Ganz

I hope the Chinese kick berlscni & Galliani out of the club…..both of these idiots dont deserve to even clean the washrooms at the San Siro.

ACMilanSince 69
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ACMilanSince 69

Ingratitude. Thirty years ago Berlusconi created one of the best teams ever. Right now he is making erratic decisions, but I would show him respect. As for Galliani, he does what he is told to by Berlusconi.

C
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C

Very well said Maldini what a great man… And for Berlusconi speak the truth for once Maldini just showed what a liar you truly are

ACMilanSince 69
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ACMilanSince 69

What makes you think Maldini is telling the truth?

Mojdanis
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Mojdanis

Maldini if you come again soon to the club look Montlivo in the eyes and forgive him.

Pelle80
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Pelle80

Looooool

King James
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King James

Comment: Maldini is Milan

Ricardo Leite
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Ricardo Leite

He’s said it all, He mustn’t be rude in passing every message. The good news is that which you can read from his statement; that he’ll accept a role under a new management, a new order, under our new Milan. Can you imagine what Milan can become? I’m really loving our future if what’s in my head should materialize. Yalla milan

I was born a Rossoneri
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I was born a Rossoneri

Rossoneri was once the best team in the world I would to see them reclaim their position in couple of years

Milan Boy
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Milan Boy

The truth of the matter is that the system has been bastardised to give room for corruption,there is no way people who are committed to making it write will be given an opportunity to offer their expertise.That is why an Inzaghi or a Brocchi will always be prefered ahead of other more technically sound managers like even Miha.That is why they can comfortably sell Elsharawy, Bacca etc and go for Negredo,Agger etc.That is why they will refuse to sign super stars on the excuse of building an all Italian team while selling our very promising Italian talents like Crisante,Saponara,Mastour etc.That… Read more »

Sheva
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Sheva

The Chinese are useless. Just a bouch if rich men who don’t ha ve a clue about football whatsoever. Are they even serious???? They buy 70% of the club for more than 700 million and then they say we don’t know anything about football, please (to galliani and berlu) stay and countinue what you already doing! Wtf! Screw these Chinese ppl. They buy a car with broken engine and just leave it there. This is bullshit. Trust me even when b&G finally leaves.. it will then take at least 3 years to build up the team. Now we first have… Read more »

Phildadon1899
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Phildadon1899

Didnt Galliani promise to step down if we didnt qualify for Europe this season? I knew he was full of it.

FossaDeLeoni
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FossaDeLeoni

Your so right bro. He is full of sh*t!!!

ZeR0W1
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ZeR0W1

You got another option cowboy? Better to rebuild for six years than just do nothing and watch those wretched fools b&g continue to destroy the club until they rot in their graves, which I assure you by Murphy’s laws won’t happen anytime soon.

Milan10
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Milan10

Being negative all the time isnt healthy y’know. What makes u think those are actual chinese consortium words, not berlu being his usual devilish self? Those chinese are proven shrewd businessmen, one of them even owns football club, and u dont get there by being stupid y’know. So far, its crsytal clear who’s the one that cant keep his own words, seeing as how berlu still wants milan being active in transfer market despite the chinese demanding temporary withhold. And of course it takes time to rebuild huge club like milan, even if the chinese finally seal the deal. What… Read more »

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angry birds

Lol agree with you buddy. I don’t understand what ppl say chinese doesn’t know football. They’re know!! the problem is berluconi!! I doubt about his love to Milan, look at moratti he gave new owner in inter to run the club

angry birds
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You don’t know anything, Chinese want unay Emery or pellegrini as coach, and bring back maldini. Kick galliani.
But berlusconi said won’t sell the club if he doesn’t have charge for club, also he want galliani n brochi stay!!!

This is a true fact!!! if you true Milan fans you should don’t trust what berlusconi says

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HopeForTheBest

I believe it was Berlusconi who said that the Chinese don’t know much about football or something of that sense. Its another one of his stupid comments. As far as he is concerned, if someone disagree’s with his vision of football, then he assumes that they are football illiterate. Stop taking Berlusconi’s every word so literally. He is full of shit. All he cares about is the publicity he is getting. Bottom line is, he is just a dirty politician who uses false words to fool people. This article goes to prove that he is just that, and if Maldini… Read more »

angry birds
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angry birds

Do you really believe what berlusconi says? True fact, In past two years, the Chinese has been asking for possibility of buying Milan. Berlusconi ignored it, because he wanted his throne stay. That’s why he only gave a chance to Mr bee due to Mr bee only buy 40%..then situation getting worse berlusconi didn’t get his money back from Mr bee, he already invested his money on transfer. Milan also has deficit. So the only option is selling to Chinese. Chinese side love Milan they know business they even know what modern football should be. they want bring back maldini,… Read more »

Toni.K
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Toni.K

Ohh cry me a river!!! I don’t even know how you’re a Milan fan dude.you complain more than my ex gf.

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ACMilanSince 69

That’s what Berlusconi is saying. We have yet to hear from the Chinese. Generally when you buy a business you first keep everyone and then gradually transition the ones you don’t want out.

dejan10
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dejan10

Juve appoint Nedved as vice-president, Inter appoint Zanetti, and we can’t even bring back Maldini to sit on the board of directors. Just about sums it up.

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Whether or not Berlusconi sells to Chinese at least I know he cares. He could easily sell the club and run away, instead he is putting in the contract that they must invest heavily in the squad for many years and even wants to help. So for that kudos to u Berlusconi for not being there for just the money.

Jibola
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Jibola

Hahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew Maldini would not fold his hands and watch Berlusconi de Liar bump into him that way.
Thanks Capitano for bursting his bubble. LMAO!!!

ak
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ak

I hope Maldini can get a role in the club, it’s honestly pathetic that he doesn’t.

ACMilanSince 69
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ACMilanSince 69

Why? What makes you think he would be the savior? Why not Rivera? Why not Baresi? Why not Bierhoff? He has experience with the German team.

Milan10
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Milan10

Why wouldnt he? So far his comments about current milan situations are always spot on. He knows milan inside out more than almost anyone in the world, his father lifted milan’s 1st champions cup for gods sake. Maldini is milan symbol and u shouldnt underestimate the importance of symbols/ciphers. Rivera is member of italian parliament, baresi is already in milan mgmt, and many other ex players like bierhoff, sheva, nesta, savicevic, weah and boban all have settled in their respective positions outside milan and i dont see them implicitly saying they really want to get back and help milan the… Read more »

nick
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nick

LEGEND!

Milan89
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Milan89

From This statement i’m sure 100% maldini can Solve milan problems and i hope these chinese read these statement too and bring back maldini

Milan10
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Milan10

Even legend like gattuso once said, “sometimes, especially on winter days, boredom and tiredness get the better of me but i keep pushing myself to get to milanello to train and every single time maldini is already there, always the 1st one to arrive and the last one to leave training sessions. He’s great example, a true leader and pro.”

Milan10
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Milan10

Even legend like gattuso once said, “sometimes, especially on winter days, boredom and tiredness get the better of me but i keep pushing myself to get to milanello to train and every single time maldini is already there, always the 1st one to arrive and the last one to leave training sessions. He’s great example, a true leader and pro.”
That level of commitment and determination are whats lacking at milan right now and bringing maldini back is a must if milan is serious about restoring order and glory

imadala
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imadala

kovacic gabigol please…we’ve found the new nesta in romagnoli but we will never find another legendary captain paolo maldini

Hasowayne
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Hasowayne

Nesta>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Romagnoli…. As in ”Light Years Apart”

6t9
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6t9

There was a King and one day his ministers asked him why does he love his slave more than his ministers. Ministers have been doing great jobs for this state for many years but still they are less important than the slave??? Then the king asked them to visit his office tomorrow where he also called his slave. At first he gave a big diamond to the finance minister to break it down but the minister replied he cant do this. This is precious asset of this country and he cant destroy it. Then he gave it to defends minister… Read more »

Hasowayne
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Hasowayne

(Satirically) Hmmmm… What an interesting story…. Hmmm… And you forgot to add ”Milan was the DIAMOND” Or am I wrong? But seriously dude… You got me looking like your display picture after reading your RORY STORY…. And who’s that RUDE DUDE that thumbed this story down??? Hmmmm.. I think a good title for this story would be…..
“THE EGOISTICAL KING AND HIS BELOVED SLAVE”…… Shoot…..

no.03
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no.03

HAIL CAPTAIN!

octavius
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octavius

Man I love this guy. Always tells it the way it is and that’s why B&G didn’t want him around. He added not another yes man. Neither was Clarence mor Miha .
The sooner the Chinese take over the better and don’t worry guys, Nobody invests hundreds of millions without a plan. And they’re not gonna completely listen to Silvio. Brocchi is as good as gone. If they’re gonna be clashed then Berlu is gonna loose. But I do applaud Berlu’s insistence in wanting to leave the club in capable hands that will invest and make it great again.

acmilanfanclubindia
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acmilanfanclubindia

another milan fan from india from last 13 year…

Abbey
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Abbey

Moratti didn’t request for honorary presidency, he deserved it so they gave it to him. Honor isn’t requested for, it is earned. Berlusconi is a disgrace to manhood. How could he be requesting for honorary position? My God!