After his admission of the offer to move to Chelsea, Paolo Maldini, AC Milan Legend, admits that his move to England now is coming closer. He revealed before that he was offered to join the Blues by Gianluca Vialli during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Maldini confessed that he was totally sure Gianluca will not confirm this revelation of the offer, but Vialli was the only one who approached him during his 20-year-career with Milan and offered him the chance to move to Stamford Bridge, London.
He even called Maldini personally in his effort to tempt the defender to move there. Vialli himself was the Blues manager from 1998 to 2000.
Although the defender always thought that his career should be started and ended with the Rossoneri, at the end he accepted the offer of his compatriot to have a new experience in England.
He explained how he seriously considered joining the Blues, even more at that time AC Milan was facing a difficult time and Maldini himself had problem with the Rossoneri fans. Quoted from the Rossoneri blog, he stated that he suffered, Milan had been destroyed.
In an exclusive interview, he said that he considered the offer from Gianluca because some things that had been said about him had bothered and hurt him.
However, during his career in AC Milan, the 36-year-old has collected one Coppa Italia, five European Cups, seven Serie A titles,one FIFA Club World Cup, five Supercoppa Italians,two Intercontinental Cups and five UEFA Super Cups.
He created a total of 902 appearances for AC Milan and he also won 126 caps for Italy from 1988 to 2002.
He also described about the greatest memory he had with the Rossoneri. It was the 2003 Champions League Final against Juventus. Almost 40 years after his Dad won the trophy on English land; he had done the same thing with silverware that Milan had not won for nine years. He added, it was a super moment and the best of his career.
Besides, in connection with his move to the Blues, he also talked about English referees.He said that he had known many English referees during his career and he thought the English referees were calmer than the Italian ones. Italian referees sometimes got overwhelmed by tension while Premier League referees was great at handling difficult situations and controlling the players when they seem to lose their nerves.