Milan legend Maldini told Rangnik to learn to respect the extraordinary explosion

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Retrieved 11 May 2020, 17:18 IST

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Paolo Maldini and Ralph Rangnik

Paolo Maldini has asked Ralph Rangnik to “learn the concept of honor” after the former Arab Leipzig coach commented on the specific capabilities he would need to take a job at AC Milan.

The report said Rajinikanth would be offered a unique role with Rossoniri where he would combine the tasks of head coach and sports director.

Such a reshuffle would leave no room for technical director Maldini or head coach Stefano Pioli, and Javonimir Boban was sacked as chief football officer earlier this year as part of a shake-up of CVO Ivan Gazidis’ remarks.

Last week, Radnick – the former Stuttgart, Schalke and Leipzig boss who is now head of sports and development for the Red Bull, the team that owns Leipzig – said he would need “a certain influence” to move to Milan and confirmed talks had taken place. With the club in Serie A before the coronavirus epidemic.

Maldini has taken a vague view of Rangnik’s comments and caused an extraordinary explosion in an interview with the Italian news agency ANSA.

“I have never spoken to Ranganik, I do not understand why his statement is based, because I have never been told anything by the owner,” he said.

“But I think something needs to be considered. The German coach is actually attacking areas where professionals work on a regular basis in terms of playing a role with full management ability, both in sports and in technology.

“So, I have some advice for him. Before learning Italian, he should review the general concepts of respect for him, because there are colleagues who are trying to finish the season very professionally, despite the many difficulties at the moment, for the sake of their professional pride.”