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'My history with Milan will hardly end' – Maldini pledges loyalty despite Rangnick row


Paolo Maldini said his history at AC Milan is so long “it will hardly end” amid rumours over his future, while the Rossoneri legend also discussed his battle with coronavirus.

There has been much uncertainty over the backroom changes at Milan, with Zvonimir Boban having been sacked as chief football officer earlier this year as part of CEO Ivan Gazidis’ shake-up of the hierarchy.

Initial reports suggested former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick is to be offered a unique role combining head coach and sporting director duties, which would leave no place for Stefano Piolo or Maldini, who is Milan’s technical director.

Maldini, who last week told Rangnick to “learn the concept of respect” in an extraordinary blast , kept his counsel when asked if he will stay at Milan during an interview with Che Tempo Che Fa.

“My family’s history at Milan is so long that it will hardly end,” he said.

In March, it was confirmed Maldini and his son Daniel – a member of Milan’s first team – had tested positive for Covid-19. Maldini explained the virus had affected more people in his family.

“My whole family has been infected, my two children and my wife, but now we are all well,” he added. “It was a two tough weeks, but now we are well.”

Serie A has been suspended since March due to the global health crisis but Italy‘s top flight is gearing up for a potential June restart.

Maldini added: “We must try to finish the championship. Football is a company; it has a supply of almost €5 billion.

“It has a social as well as a sporting importance, there’s a need to try to start again, the priority must be a restart in total safety naturally. We must also consider the mental health of the players, going into retirement after two months of lockdown is something that is neither right in heaven nor on earth.”

Rangnick has said he has held talks with Milan, claiming he would want additional powers at the club if he was manager – to which Maldini took an extremely dim view.

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Maldini said last week: “Having never talked to Rangnick, I don’t understand on what basis his statements are based, also because I have never been told anything by the owner.

“Some considerations in my opinion, however, must be made. The German coach in fact, speaking of a role with full managerial powers both in the sporting and technical areas, invades areas where professionals work with regular contracts.

“So, I would have some advice for him, before learning Italian he should review the general concepts of respect, as there are colleagues who, despite the many difficulties of the moment, are trying to finish the season in a very professional way, putting the good of Milan to their professional pride.”

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