Friday, March 1, 2024

Paolo Maldini Criticizes Milan’s Signing Of  Chukwueze, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek

Former AC Milan Sporting Director, Paolo Maldini says there was no need for the Rossoneri to sign Samuel Chukwueze, Christian Pulisic and Loftus-Cheek in the last transfer window.

Samuel Chukwueze joined AC Milan from Villareal for thirty million euros while Christian Pulisic and Loftus-Cheek were bought from Chelsea FC as Stephan Pioli reinforced for the new season.

55-year old Maldin who famously represented Milan as a player and most recently as Technical Director tagged the transfer business as unnecessary, saying it cannot be compared to previous four transfer window additions.

“The narrative on this issue made me smile a little. You don’t have to inconvenience the algorithms to take Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic and Chukwueze, there was no need to sign them. 

” You can’t compare the previous four transfer windows with the last one, we fought on the market with different weapons,” Maldini told Republica.

Maldini is obviously not over the decision to sack him as technical director six-months ago and so is critcal about the clubs dealing and results this season.

Meanwhile, contrary to Maldini’s opinion, Christian Pulisic has been a key feature in Stephan Pioli’s side this season.

The American was fantastic in the Rossoneri’s most recent win over Frosinone on Saturday, December 2, 2023, scoring the second goal as AC Milan won 3-1 to bury dissapointments from their UCL loss in midweek.

Loftus-Cheek and Samuel Chukwueze also started the game and were rated highly after a fantastic evening at the San Siro where Maldini flourished as a defender in his playing days.

Nigerian winger, Samuel Chukwueze scored his first goal for the club in the Champions League loss vs Borussia Dortmund and has in recent weeks delivered consistent great performances to earn the praise of manager Stephan Pioll.

While Pulisic has featured 17-times already this season, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Samuel Chukwueze have made 13 appearances for Stephan Pioli’s side.

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  1. Maldini NEVER said what this article claims, this article (or the source it comes from) was very poorly translated.
    This is what Maldini actually said: “You do not need any (fancy) algorithm to buy (good) players like Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, and Chukwueze, you just need to spend the money that you earned from the previous year”.
    What he means is that anybody knows that those three players are good players, and therefore you did not need to use any algorithm to help you selecting those players. He also added that you cannot compare the quality of the last transfer window (very good because they spent a lot of money) with the one he previously did with a very limited budget. So in conclusion he was sarcastic about the usage of the algorithm, and he took credit for the money they put together the previous year (by arriving up to the CL semifinals) and which allowed the society to buy three great players like Pulisic, RLC, and Chukwueze. Maldini meant the exact opposite that this article reports.


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