Maldini turns down AC Milan role

Paolo Maldini has rejected an offer to be technical director of his former club AC Milan, he said on Facebook on Tuesday.

The AC Milan legend said he would have had to share the role with Massimiliano Mirabelli, who has been appointed sporting director, but has yet to take up the role and in the case of adisagreement with Mirabelli, Maldini said Marco Fassone, who will become CEO following the club’s takeover by Chinese investors, would have had the last word.

“I did not believe there was the basis for a winning team,” Maldini said.

“The last seasons of AC Milan, with a double CEO and overlapping roles, should teach a lesson,” he added.

Meanwhile, the club’s prospective new owners, Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing, said in a statement: “We regret the decision of Paolo Maldini regarding our proposal, because we firmly believe that soon he will realize how much our project for AC Milan is a winning one.”

But Maldini went on to explain why he has turned down the opportunity, as he says he would have been held responsible for the club’s performance on the pitch in the eyes of the supporters, the press, and the shareholders but could have been excluded from executive decisions.

“I can’t accept it (the job), I need to respect the values that have accompanied me for all my life, I need to respect the many supporters who in these years have identified with me because of passion, willingness and commitment.”