Thursday, March 27, 2008

Maldini Not Even Good Enough For U.S.A - Gullit

Ruud Gullit has slammed former club AC Milan and the whole of Italian football as old and slow, and says that Paolo Maldini is not even good enough to play in the United States.

Dutchman Gullit was part of Arrigo Sacchi’s legendary Milan team from the late 80s and early 90s, a squad that dominated European football, and is considered as one of the greatest of all time.

Gullit is now manager of David Beckham’s Major League Soccer-outfit LA Galaxy, and he has launched a scathing attack against the current Milan team, following their disappointing season.

"These days, Milan is an old team, it must change,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The elimination from the Champions League [against Arsenal] did not surprise me, the Rossoneri have not been playing well.”

Gullit also surprisingly hit out at Milan captain Paolo Maldini, a player who by all admissions has been the side’s best player over the past month, and impressed hugely against Arsenal.

"Paolo Maldini is now 40 years old and even too old for the United States, I would rather take home with me Rino Gattuso," he stated.

Finally the 45-year-old extended his attack to Italian football as a whole, specifically singling out Inter. "Inter also look to me to be slow and predictable, the whole of Italian football seems very slow,” he concluded.