Paolo Maldini has revealed Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all tried to sign him in his career – but he just couldn’t leave AC Milan.
The Italian legend sat down with Jamie Carragher for the Daily Mail to talk all things Champions League, Italy, England, the big influences on his career and his favourite ever Milan team.
And he told how he had three offers to move to the Premier League, first from United before Gianluca Vialli sounded him out about a switch to Chelsea.
Arsenal also showed an interest, but he admits he never spoke to Arsene Wenger or the club directly.
Maldini also admitted Chelsea spoke to him about becoming a coach at the club – and he even met with Roman Abramovich in those talks – but, again, he decided against it.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said:
I had an offer from Manchester United, but I didn’t speak directly to them. Luca Vialli, when he was Chelsea manager, called me. That was in 1996. We’d had a very bad season. There was also something from Arsenal, but I never spoke to them directly. I would have said no anyway.
Vialli was a friend of mine and he was the only one who made me think. I had some problems with my team and the supporters at that time. I thought, just for one day, ‘What if?’ But then, no.
You can read the rest of Maldini’s great chat with Carragher here.