AC Milan legendary captain Paolo Maldini was officially introduced as the club's Director of Strategic Development, at a press conference in Milan on Monday. Maldini revealed that he spoke to previous ownerships regarding his return to the club, but that none of those talks ended successfully. «Now the situation is different. It's different because [AC Milan's Technical Area Director... Еще] Leonardo called me, told me of the project and spoke to the owners of the club, which also presented the project to me, and I believe in this project,» said Maldini. «The people make the difference. I am friends with Leo. We will share this experience. We've shared so many things in the past, in different roles. We are not alike. We are friends, so therefore we will complete each other. This is certainly our idea,» he added. Maldini is a considered a legend at the club, having spent 25 seasons, winning 25 trophies, both domestic and international.