Thursday, April 15, 2010

Report: Paolo Maldini Declined Offer To Return For Role In Milan’s Title Run

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

Legendary former Milan captain Paolo Maldini has turned down the possibility of resuming his footballing career to help the Rossoneri’s bid to win the Serie A title, according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
It is believed that boss Leonardo and chief executive Adriano Galliani approached the 41-year-old Maldini with the shock offer two weeks ago.

Leonardo is short of options at the back, with Alessandro Nesta unlikely to play again this season after undergoing knee surgery and Daniele Bonera still sidelined with a thigh injury.
So the idea of one last fling with the Rossoneri was floated to Maldini, who retired from football at the end of last season.
But the former Italy international rejected the proposal after mulling it over for 24 hours as he felt he would not have been up to the task after a 10-month lay-off.
Milan still hold faint hopes of claiming the Scudetto, but lie four points off the pace with just five games to go until the end of the season.