Daniel Maldini has admitted that it was a necessary step to leave AC Milan on loan for Spezia, while he also revealed the moment the team began to fully believe they could win the Scudetto last season.
It was confirmed last month that Daniel Maldini will embark on a season-long loan spell with Spezia in order to get more consistent game time given the competition currently blocking his path at Milan.
He has a particular history with the Ligurian club as he scored his first ever senior goal when Milan visited Spezia last season and then he scored in the 5-1 win over Como for his new club in the Coppa Italia a few days ago.
Daniel Maldini spoke during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he explained the thinking behind deciding to finally leave Milan in search of more playing time at Spezia, including how he is finding it so far, while he also reflected on the Scudetto win.
“For the first time I’m leaving, even if soon a friend will join me. Mom is a little worried, Dad is calmer. Me too. I am alone and simply taking my own path,” he said.
Some time ago Paolo Maldini told La Gazzetta: ‘I want Christian and Daniel to be serious, my wife and I will beat them when needed. They are good guys and I’m happy with them’. Do you remember the last time you beat you?
“It happened recently, don’t ask me why. In any case, we joke more than we talk. And if I have to confide, I turn more to Christian. Even in the decision to leave Milan on loan and go to Spezia, I have talked a little, but it was my decision.”
Who was happiest about the Scudetto win, you or your dad?
“Both equally. In the last few weeks I was injured and when you stay out the tension increases. We started to believe it after the victory in the derby. The Scudetto was in the air, there was a particular magic. During the year the conviction had grown, we were just afraid to say it. That Scudetto is the demonstration that in sport nothing is really impossible.”
How did it feel to leave Milan?
“It was the right time. Above all I was sorry to leave a beautiful, young, enthusiastic group. And then all the people who work at Milanello and who make you feel at home every day. But in La Spezia I was very well received, both in the dressing room both in town.”
You have played in La Spezia four times (twice with the Primavera, once with Milan in Serie A and once a few days ago in the Coppa Italia for Spezia) and scored six goals…
“A good average eh… I really hope to go on like this. Seriously, I like hitting free-kicks and getting into the box in the running, but also making assists.”
At the moment, Spezia play without an attacking midfielder. Is it an added difficulty?
“I am ready to adapt to other positions and I will learn new things with Gotti: I will be able to play as a false nine, a second striker, or an attacking midfielder. We will see. Now I have greater awareness of my skills and I hope they emerge. The first goal is to make myself useful to Spezia to reach safety. Then join the Under 21 group. And there would also be another one.”
“Look at me without thinking about my dad. And I don’t know if it will happen. But to make it happen, I have to play well.”