Friday April 24 2020
Maldini: 'I never thought about leaving'

Milan technical director Paolo Maldini claims he ‘never thought about leaving’ the Rossoneri and insists the championship must be concluded.

Since former sporting director Zvonimir Boban lost his job at Milanello, rumours have predicted the former defender to follow him out the door.

CEO Ivan Gazidis seems eager to make big changes in the organisation, but Maldini enjoys his role at the club and doesn't want to leave.

“I never thought about leaving. I’m from Milan and a fan, and my dad was the first captain to lift the European Cup with an Italian team,” he told Christian Vieri in an interview on Instagram Live.

“There have been difficult moments, but the truth is that I needed two components to leave that Milan side: wanting to leave and the team’s situation.

“When Leonardo told me he was going to leave, I thought about being on my own. After becoming the head of sports, I have found myself at ease. I also had [Zvonimir] Boban and [Ricky] Massara. I like it and it’s something that comes naturally to me.”

Maldini’s son Daniel was promoted to the first team at Milan by Marco Giampaolo and the director knows how hard it is to receive criticism from your own father.

“It’s not easy. I had my dad who trained us and it’s very bad, everyone had to contain me,” he said. “I started in management with my son in the academy.

“Giampaolo brought him to the first team and [Stefano] Pioli gave him his debut. The criticism from your dad never pleases you.”

The former left-back insisted the championship must be completed to help ease the economic damage caused by the global pandemic.

“You have to try to resume and complete the season. At this moment, you obviously have to prioritise health. But if there are the conditions to restart, you have to try.

“The protocol for the players would be very rigid, the federation has given an indication of trying to finish. Starting again in July would be complicated because of the contracts ending on June 30.

“However, if you don’t try, the situation won’t change and the economic damages will be enormous.”