AC Milan legendary defender Paolo Maldini has returned to the club nearly a decade after retiring, the club has confirmed.
Paolo Maldini, 50, played for AC Milan for 25 years has been appointed as the Serie A giants’ all-new sporting strategy and development director.
The position, which was created, seemingly, with the former defender in mind, offers further indication as to the long-term ideology of Elliott Management; who assumed control of the club in July of this year after owner Li Yonghong fell into financial difficulty.
“There are few words to describe what Paolo Maldini represents for AC Milan,” Paolo Scaroni, Executive Chairman of AC Milan told the club’s official website following the announcement.
“It was a privilege watching him as a player, winning countless trophies on the pitch, and I am excited and honoured to be working with him today in this new role.
“Paolo’s leadership and experience will benefit the club greatly, as will his passion and energy. Today’s appointment is yet another sign of Elliott’s commitment to build a strong foundation for long-term success.
“It will not be easy and it will take time, but we have ambitious objectives, and Paolo’s appointment is an important step toward returning AC Milan to where it belongs.”
Maldini will be unveiled to the press on Monday afternoon.