Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chelsea Tempt Milan Legend Paolo Maldini With Bench Role – Report

The Milan icon may join another club for the first time in his 24-year career, according to reports...

Chelsea are trying to lure Paolo Maldini to Stamford Bridge by offering him a role on the bench, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The legendary defender, who retired from football and is pondering his next move, could be reunited with former coach Carlo Ancelotti sooner than expected. The report suggests Maldini met with Ancelotti and a Chelsea director earlier this week to discuss a potential move to London.

It is suggested the Blues made an offer to the Italian and the former stopper told them of his requirements. Voices claim Maldini could be employed as a team manager to work alongside Ancelotti and his assistant, Ray Wilkins.

Maldini then flew out to Miami for his holidays in order to ponders his future. Earlier reports suggested the former No. 3 would be offered a coaching role in Milan's youth academy.

On Monday, Maldini held a press conference in Milan, where he revealed he would be thinking about what to do next over the summer. He also hinted that he would evaluate offers.

Salvatore Landolina,