Friday, April 11, 2008

Maldini Looking Forward To Date With Old Lady

Paolo Maldini has revealed that he is looking forward to the Juventus clash on the weekend and he would welcome back want-away Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko to the club.

Milan are currently chasing the Champions League and the battle with the Bianconeri is crucial as anything less than a win could see there hopes of playing in Europe’s elite competition fade away.

“The longer your career goes on, the more you want to play in this kind of game,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.

“Juve are Juve and they are always our rivals, along with Inter.

“We also had a tense relationship with Napoli at the end of the 80s and then the Rome sides for a bit, but the game against Juventus has always been the battle for League supremacy.

“These occasions give you that little something extra. You don’t have to look inside for the emotion because it comes naturally.

“Juve have done very well because they had a difficult task and even they didn’t expect a campaign like this.

“They are an ambitious club due to everything that they have won and will win in the future.”

Maldini also spoke of how he would welcome Shevchenko back to the club where the Ukrainian enjoyed so much success, and the prospect of Ronaldinho joining the Rossoneri.

“In terms of the atmosphere, there would be absolutely no problem with him coming back," said the 39-year-old.

“Anyone who has given so much to the club will always be readily accepted by the club and the players.

“Ronaldinho? He is a great player and he would do very well in any side.

“And that’s as far as the discussion goes as far as us players are concerned. We will leave the discussions about tactics and the transfer market to others.”

Milan are currently fifth in Serie A and they will be hoping they can close the gap on Fiorentina who occupy the last Champions League place.