Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paolo Maldini:I Won't Go Back On Retirement Decision

Maldini insists there will be no changes to his retirement plans...

Milan legend Paolo Maldini has revealed he will not go back on his decision to retire at the end of the season.

The 40-year-old has played in the Rossoneri jersey for his entire career and has recently confirmed his retirement. Unlike last season though, there will be no repeat of a decision change from the Italian stopper.

"Will I change my mind? No. I have already made my decision and it was taken in a serene manner. I will certainly not go back on my decision," Maldini told Milan Channel.

The Rossoneri have been struggling this term. They crashed out of the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup, and they have blown hot and cold in Serie A. Maldini believes a spate of injuries have taken their toll.

"Injuries have struck out fundamental players, and therefore it has been a difficult season for us. We always get injuries. The latest was to [David] Beckham. We hope it's not serious," added the stopper.

Whilst on Beckham, Maldini hailed the arrival of the great midfielder after he managed to secure an extension to his current deal.

"Beckham has been doing brilliantly even if he had to adapt, which isn't always easy," continued the legend.

"He has the right spirit and he is a player who always gives his maximum."

Salvatore Landolina,