AC Milan has sacked technical director and former playing great Paolo Maldini.  The Italian club confirmed the development via a statement. The 54-year-old returned to the club nine years after his retirement from football. He was soon promoted to Milan’s technical director position in 2019, less than a year after he became the director of sporting strategy and development.

In the statement released by the club, Rossoneri expressed gratitude towards Paolo Maldini and his contribution towards the club’s winning the Serie A in the 2021-22 season and bringing back the club to the Champions League. Further, the statement stated Maldini’s responsibilities will be carried out by a team which reports to the CEO.

The statement said, “AC Milan announces that Paolo Maldini concludes his role at the Club, effective as of June 5, 2023. We thank him for his years of service in the role, contributing to the return to the Champions League and to winning the Scudetto in 2021/22. His day-to-day duties will be performed by a team working in close integration with the first team manager, ultimately reporting to the CEO.”

Paolo Maldini has spent 25 years of his playing career with Milan and was a captain in the team’s most successful era. With Maldini, the Rossoneri went on to win five Champions Leagues, seven Serie A titles, four European Super Cups and a Club World Cup, before retiring at the age of 41.

Talking about Maldini’s stint as technical director, the 54-year-old was an integral part of Milan’s 2021-22 Serie A title win which was the club’s first in over a decade. Maldini also brought in players such as Rafael Leao, Theo Hernandez, Oliver Giroud, and Fikayo Tomori to the club.