AC Milan Technical Director Paolo Maldini following in the fashion of his former colleague Zvonimir Boban has publicly hit out at rumoured club target Ralf Rangnick. The Milan legend in an interview with ANSA via MilanNews.it was scathing of the Red Bull Head of International Sport and Development. He said, “Having never talked to Rangnick, I don’t understand on what basis his statements are based, also because I have never been told anything by the owner.”
He went on to say, “Some considerations in my opinion, however, must be made. The German coach in fact, speaking of a role with full managerial powers both in the sporting and technical areas, invades areas where professionals work with regular contracts.
“So I would have some advice for him, before learning Italian he should review the general concepts of respect, as there are colleagues who, despite the many difficulties of the moment, are trying to finish the season in a very professional way, putting the good of Milan to their professional pride.”
The major part was Maldini advising Rangnick to review being respectful being attempting to learn Italian. This mimicked the stark words Boban had for Ivan Gazidis earlier in the year before his left the club. There seems to be quite a lot of discontent and lack of respect between the management at the club and some changes must be expected this summer. Maldini certainly has a point given Rangnick's claims in the media of his desire for a broader role which is not the status quo on Italy and threatens his position. However, it seems unprofessional for Maldini to publicly voice his concerns similar to Boban as opposed to clearing this up with Gazidis and Elliot internally. Milan has had one of it's messiest seasons from a PR perspective with each of the directors under Elliot, Leonardo, Boban and Maldini coming out with negative comments in the press.