Maldini confirms ‘problems and different visions’ at Milan; discusses Rangnick and Ibrahimovic

By Oliver Fisher -

Technical director Paolo Maldini has once again distanced AC Milan from reports linking Ralf Rangnick with a role at the club.

German outlet Bild went big earlier in the month when they claimed that Rangnick – the current head of development for Red Bull football – is in advanced talks to take over as Milan head coach and sporting director for next season.

Respected journalist Christian Falk then added that Milan have a basic agreement with Rangnick, but implied it needs confirming between now and June.

Despite this, Maldini gave an interview during which he claimed the German is not the right fit for Milan and insisted that the club are happy with the work that head coach Stefano Pioli is doing.

Maldini spoke to Sky Italia after the game against Fiorentina, and his comments were transcribed by MilanLive.

“There is only one Milan, there may be problems and different visions. But it is normal in a club and we all want the same thing. As for Rangnick, I have never contacted him and according to my vision he is not suitable for Milan,” he said.

He also spoke about the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is under contract until June at present.

“Ibra has automatic renewal in the event of qualifying for the Champions League, but there is still a personal speech with him and the dialogue is open,” he said.

Finally, the former Rossoneri No.3 was asked about Ante Rebic, who netted his seventh goal of the calendar year in all competitions during the draw with La Viola.

“He is here on a two-year loan, so next year he will be with us. From there it will be free negotiation and not tied to André Silva. There will be different conversations for the two players.”

 

Tags AC Milan Paolo Maldini Ralf Rangnick Zlatan Ibrahimovic