Saturday August 1 2020
Maldini: 'Ibrahimovic part of Milan project'

Milan director Paolo Maldini hinted he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘are part of the project for next season,’ while not denying Serge Aurier interest.

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“We have built something this season and it should be given consistency. So next season will be trying to build on what we’ve already done,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.

“In all honesty, Zlatan is part of this project. It won’t be an easy negotiation, but we fully intend to keep him with us. We have many young players who can grow exponentially with Ibra by their side.

“We might have different ways of achieving our objectives, but we need the same general vision of where we want to end up, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”

It was reported on Sky Sport Italia this evening that the Rossoneri are targeting Tottenham Hotspur right-back Aurier.

“We spoke to his agent last year, to be honest, now we’ll see how the next few weeks go,” smiled Maldini.

“When you take a directorial role, you need to learn more patience and that is the foundation of your work, because everyone wants everything straight away, especially at a club like Milan.

“When you have that quality, it helps results arrive that little bit easier. The Milan jersey is one that weighs on people, and I think the lockdown somehow helped some of those players to shake off that pressure. Having said that, I believe it was a process that began before the lockdown.”

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