MN: Gazidis desperate to keep Maldini as right-hand man rejects sporting director role

By Oliver Fisher -

Ralf Rangnick is set to arrive at AC Milan this summer but CEO Ivan Gazidis wishes to keep Paolo Maldini at the club in some capacity.

That is according to the latest from MilanNews journalist Franco Ordine, who claims that the tables have now turned and it is Gazidis who wants to keep Maldini at Milan, despite the now obvious arrival of Rangnick.

The reason is quite simple: because he appreciats his professionalism in this very delicate situation, and he has maintained maximum confidentiality since his initial outburst about Rangnick not being right for the club.

Ordine adds that Maldini would not want to go out on a sour note even if he does leave, and that is a likely scenario given it is ‘impossible’ to imagine the former captain staying under a man in Rangnick who will demand full powers over the market.

Maldini couldn’t even consider changing role, as he would ‘clash’ with president Paolo Scaroni if he moved onto a board level – a man who has always been loyal to Elliott.

The answer then lays solely with Maldini, while in the meantime Hedrik Almstadt – Gazidis’ right-hand man – has already declined the proposal to become sporting director since his previous experience in England was not the best.

Tags AC Milan Paolo Maldini Ralf Rangnick