Paolo Maldini has warned old club AC Milan that they may as well give up any hope of winning any trophies next season if they sell both Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Rossoneri are looking to rebuild this summer after finishing their most recent campaign empty-handed, while at the same time seeing a number of legendary figures part company with the club, with Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso among those to make their exit.
Maldini feels that Milan simply cannot afford to offload Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic if they are to remain competitive, arguing that they must retain at least one of their two genuine world-class performers.
“If you want to win something then you can’t do without Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic,” the legendary defender told Sky Sport Italia.
“If the objective is to balance the accounts and have a decent campaign, then you can sacrifice one of the two.”
As for the exodus at Milanello, Maldini admitted that he was sorry to see so many of his former colleagues depart for pastures new.
“A lot of Italian football’s recent history is leaving,” the 43-year-old pointed out. "There is a bit of sadness, even if there is also happiness because of what we have seen them do in the past.”
Maldini, who made his Milan debut at the age of 16, spent his entire professional career with the club, during which time he won seven Serie A titles and five European Cups.
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