Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Maldini: I Will Probably Carry On

Milan captain Paolo Maldini has revealed that he will probably put off his proposed retirement for another year.


The 39-year-old was set to hang up his boots at the end of the season, however a magnificent campaign, during which he has been one of his team’s best players, has led him to reconsider.

There have been murmurings in the press over the past several weeks, but now Maldini has all but confirmed that he will be carrying on for another year.

“I am moving towards the decision to carry on playing and in the week I will go to the offices for discussions,” the footballing legend revealed.“There’s nothing official because there doesn’t need to be while I am still under contract, but I am in agreement with Vice-President Adriano Galliani.
“I’m thinking about carrying on as my physical condition has improved and the club have asked me, more or less explicitly, to play for another season.”

Champions League

Maldini, who has missed the past few weeks due to injury, also spoke about the race with Fiorentina for the final Champions League place.

The Rossoneri trail the Viola by two points going into the final weekend, and thus need their rivals to slip up in their game at Torino.

“To fail to reach the Champions League would be a big disappointment,” he conceded.

“But we aren’t out of the running yet because we have seen what a great championship this has been.Even the teams with less to play for have made their presence felt right up until the end of the season.

“We hope that Torino can do the same, but the future isn’t in our hands now.”

Milan host Udinese at San Siro in their final match this Sunday afternoon.