Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has termed Milan’s decision to bid goodbye to Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara as a sign of lack of respect and ungratefulness. Ancelotti, who led the Rossoneri through their glorious decade in the 2000’s, cited Los Blancos as an example to be respected.
Speaking to Il Giornale in an exclusive interview (via Calciomercato), the veteran tactician revealed his thoughts on the overhaul taking place at Casa Milan.
“In Madrid I learned that the history of a club must always be respected; here Di Stefano, Amancio, Gento, Puskas are still exclusive values towards which we have reverence. To preserve history at the highest levels, memory must be protected of the past, what happened with Maldini demonstrates a lack of historical culture, of respect for the AC Milan tradition. If it is true that history does not win, it is also true that history teaches how to win.”
He then dished on how important it is maintain sporting values at a football club.
“Football clubs who think they are doing business above the sporting spirit are doomed to fail. Patronage no longer has the meaning it used to, but profiteering is negative.”
With Paolo Maldini sacked, and Daniel out on loan at Spezia, this is the first time since 1978 there’s no Maldini at Milan ??? pic.twitter.com/hnWkAkKbpB
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Ancelotti has been linked to become the coach of the Brazil national team ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, but according to him, there is perhaps nothing better than Real Madrid.
“I feel good in Madrid, I have a splendid relationship with Florentino Perez, life here is magical. I don’t stop and it’s really difficult to find anything better than Real.”
Ancelotti is expected to stay in Madrid for one more year, as he prepares to revitalize his side to compete in Europe once again after their recent disastrous performance against Manchester City. The story is no different for Milan either. Led by Paolo Scaroni and Gerry Cardinale, the Rossoneri are seeking new appointments in managerial positions.
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