Mediaset: Maldini would like his powers to increase before committing to renewal

By Oliver Fisher -

Paolo Maldini would like more powers before renewing his contract with AC Milan and his signature has not yet arrived, a report claims.

Claudio Raimondi told SportMediaset (via MilanNews) that the renewals of Maldini and Ricky Massara are not done despite what other reports are claiming and there is no confirmation regarding an announcement being imminent, perhaps even today.

Instead, Raimondi states that there are voices suggesting Maldini has an aspiration for an extension of his duties, perhaps as CEO if Ivan Gazidis were to leave, but at the moment it appears that he will remain as the technical director.

The timing of the news is doubly interesting given that the current deals of the two directors expire tomorrow which would mean they are no longer officially Milan employees, while there have also been multiple reports suggesting Gazidis could leave when his current contract expires this coming November.

Tags AC Milan Paolo Maldini


  1. Redbird, told you they will be “great” while Investcorp was still in the game . A 7 minute google search tells you all you need to know if you understand anything.

    1. Yea I Google searched. Investcorp while having more assets have zero experience in Sport. Cardinale and Redbird as a whole have alot of experience in Sport (baseball, football, racing) . Cardinale owns an 11% stake in Fenway Sports Group (FSG) which LeBron James also is part of. FSG has, among others, stake in Liverpool, Boston Red Sox and NASCAR. Futhermore they’ve had success with all the above mentioned teams. Investcorp has more assets under their book than Redbird (not necessarily FSG per se and definitely not wrt sport). They are more into tech, some retinal and financial services. Either way, none of this guarantees either corporation has liquidity to keep up with the Joneses and splash every transfer window or the way in which YOU would like…. but I would say that Redbird was able to not only find money to purchase 11% of FSG but also subsequently the funds for AC Milan. Again, also not indicative of the regularity in transfer refreshes. However, FSG are more able through their experience to make shrewd purchases while winning as they did with the Red Sox and Liverpool. I’m not sure what you’ve learnt but I’ve learnt it’s a double edged sword and difficult to chose a buyer

  2. It’s de ja vu. When Li Yonghong took over Milan, the media also smear Maldini as power hungry, asking for more power. Maldini denied this.

    1. What Maldini said at that time:

      “This news, among others, has been put forward by ‘anonymous’ sources, across channels and people I’ve known for 30 years, aiming to discredit me as a person to justify the failure to find an agreement.”

  3. “I never asked for a ‘Galliani role’ or a CEO with full power. I know what my virtues are, but I know my limitations even better – my area of expertise had to be the sporting side. I was offered the role of Technical Director, before [that happened] a sporting director would be hired with the faith of the CEO [Massimiliano Mirabelli] then, according to the organizational chart that was presented to me, I would share any project, purchase or sale of a player with my sporting director peer.

    1. My specific question was about what would happen if we [Mirabelli and I] disagreed, and Fassone told me he would decide. I told him I didn’t think that was the basis for a winning team. I’ve been part of teams which have made football history, and I know that to achieve results there has to be great synergy between all the corporate bodies and major investors, in addition to well-defined roles.

    2. The last few seasons where Milan have had joint-CEOs [Adriano Galliani for the sporting side and Barbara Berlusconi for the commercial side] and overlapping roles should have been a lesson. Of course, I’d have had to take – in the eyes of the fans, the Press and the ownership – the entire responsibility for the sporting side of things, potentially without having any executive power.

    3. I never asked for direct contact with the ownership to bypass the CEO, I just expressed a wish to hear from Mr. David Han Li, Executive Director of Sino-Europe Sports [read an interview with him here]. I only wanted to meet with him for a few minutes, to hear what they expected from me and I wanted to hear in his own voice the goals we’d set ourselves and the investments they planned to make.”

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