Monday, April 7, 2008

Ancelotti To Stay, Maldini To Leave - Berlusconi

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi says that he expects Carlo Ancelotti to stay on as coach next season, even if legendary captain Paolo Maldini will probably leave.

Milan have had a hugely disappointing season, and with just six games remaining in Serie A, the club are four points behind fourth-placed Fiorentina and face a struggle to qualify for the Champions League

As a result the Italian media believe that it is highly likely that Coach Carlo Ancelotti will leave at the end of the campaign, but Berlusconi is denying this.

“Ancelotti is part of the Milan family and I expect him to be here in the coming years,” he said on Radio Radio.

“But a great side has to have more champions.

“We had to deal with the serious injury to Ronaldo and this team was built on having a battering ram like him up front with Alexandre Pato and Kaka in behind creating things."

The former Italian prime minister also said that he believes Paolo Maldini will retire at the end of the season, despite the legendary captain revealing recently that he was having second thoughts.

“Still, we have a squad full of great players, even if they are getting older. Paolo Maldini will probably leave, but we aren’t ageing too badly. We just need to look to youth for our reinforcements,” the entrepreneur concluded.