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The 43-year-old has ruled out a return to San Siro as a coach, blasting the Serie A champions in the process while also speaking negatively of their Turin rivals

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini has criticised his former club while also taking a swipe at Juventus, as the two teams prepare to meet on Saturday evening in Serie A.

The 43-year-old has been previously linked to a move back to the Rossoneri as part of the club's coaching staff, but the legendary Italian has poured cold water on a potential return to San Siro.

"I don't think I'll go back to Milan. I am seen as a problem because I have an independent mind. The club's choices are perfectly legitimate, but let us avoid hypocrisy. They said 'he's one of us and is always welcome,' but that's not the truth," Maldini told Corriere dello Sport.

The Serie A champions head into the encounter a point clear of Antonio Conte's men at the summit of Italy's top division and Maldini was happy to take a dig at Milan's Turin rivals.

"As for Juventus, they need to stay calm as whining about every half-shout for a penalty isn't the kind of thing a big club does," he added.

"In order to beat them, you need pace. Had I been at Milan, I wouldn't have let Andrea Pirlo join Juventus, as he should have gone abroad to Chelsea. Tonight's game could be decisive for the Scudetto, if only in psychological terms."

The fixture between the two sides kicks off at San Siro at 20.45 CET on Saturday.

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