Ambrosini reveals what Maldini told him about Kalulu and a potential centre-back signing

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has revealed what Paolo Maldini told him in a discussion about Pierre Kalulu and the team’s centre-back options.

Kalulu has been somewhat thrust into the limelight in 2022 as he has stepped up brilliantly in the role of centre-back, having been called upon initially when the defence was in a state of crisis due to injuries and other selection problems.

Despite being just 21 years of age and despite having joined from Lyon having not made a senior appearance for them, the Frenchman continues to show that he is a player beyond his years and he is even making some doubt whether a big investment is a needed in that position amid the constant links with a move for Sven Botman of Lille, who would likely demand a €30m+ fee.

Ambrosini spoke on Sunday Night Square on DAZN and mentioned a discussion that he had with Maldini off camera about how the Rossoneri’s options look.

“We must give credit to Paolo [Maldini]. Speaking with him, even off camera, he tells me: ‘Kalulu has become a serious player. So why do I have to spend money to get one?,” he began (via MilanZone).

“‘Either I sign one that is a top player or I stay with the ones I have because they give me guarantees’. Are this Milan like that of Zaccheroni? This team here is stronger than we were in relation to the other teams that were there.”

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  1. So if Botman doesn’t come then what about Romagnoli? If he leave then we only have 4 CB; Kjaer, Tomori, Gabbia, and Kalulu. Honestly, I don’t think they are enough to compete for 3 events.

    But i let Maldini and Masara do the work. I’m sure they know what’s the best for Milan.

    1. I think Maldini’s comment to Ambrosini was about rolling with Kalulu and not signing a CB this past January transfer window, this has nothing to do with the upcoming summer mercato.

  2. I think someone experienced would help a lot if we stay with what we have. Try kalulu rest of the season and see how he plays now under presure and if we remains in that form, buy someone experienced with less money to help them grow further and invest in attack for creativity. I think that is what we lack at the moment.

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