Maldini discuses future and clarifies Rangnick comments: “It was not against him…””

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini remained coy when asked about whether he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Last month, we revealed via our correspondent Vito Angele that Rangnick will indeed agree a role as manager – that is the double responsibility of head coach and the man in charge of the transfer market.

Angele also told us that despite the fact Maldini has been widely tipped to leave Milan at the end of the season, Rangnick on the other hand has a different opinion on the matter.

Several rumours have emerged from various outlets suggesting that Maldini has been offered an ambassadorial and less operational role than his current one by CEO Ivan Gazidis.

Maldini commented on the speculation before the game against Juventus, fuelling it by stating he doesn’t know if there will be room for him beyond the summer.

He spoke to Sky Italia before Sunday night’s game against Napoli, and said the following: “Staying at Milan? We want to get to the end of the season in the best way, then the day of decisions will come.

“Rangnick? I would repeat the same sentence, it was not against him but against the manner.”

He continued: “I am sure that this will be a great base for Milan of the future, to see who will be part of Milan of the future there will be decisions made by others and maybe even from myself.

“Sometimes we also forget the age of the players, we have a lot of young players. We pushed a lot to take two experienced players like Ibra and Kjaer to help them grow. If I hadn’t had Baresi and Tassotti close as a young man I would not have done what I did, because I felt safe.

“There are no cases of teams that have been successful only with young people, the past counts and can be a great push. That shirt weighs and the story is difficult for the young people who are not used to it.

On Kessie: “He has become a complete player, with a great evolution, the fact of playing 2 helped him, he surprised me very much.

“I am very proud, I see 90% of the training sessions, I knew that this team was destined to blossom, the lockdown allowed Pioli to make a mini preparation that he hadn’t done.”