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Saturday, 02 December 2023 10:58

‘Milan wasted money on Chukwueze’

Former AC Milan technical director, Paolo Maldini, has labeled the €30m the Rossoneri spent on Samuel Chukwueze as a waste of fund, Saturday PUNCH reports.

Chukwueze joined Milan from Villarreal in a five year deal that saw the Nigerian become the club’s most expensive signing in the summer.

Maldini who opened up about his dismissal from Milan on June 5, reflected on his time as a director at the club in an interview with Italian daily, La Repubblica on Friday said the 24-year-old has failed to justify his huge transfer fee.

The Nigeria international scored 13 times last season for Villarreal and made 11 assists in all competitions last season but has only one goal and an assist to his name in 12 games for AC Milan.

 
 

The Rossoneri legend who brought in various key players during his time in the role, including Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao, Mike Maignan and Fikayo Tomori. He and his collaborator Frederic Massara won the Sporting Director of the Year award at the 2022 Globe Soccer Awards.

“There was no need to sign Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic and Chukwueze,” Maldini said.

“You cannot compare the previous four transfer windows to the last one. Milan had different quality options unlike this summer.

“I would like to point out that all the players who arrived were approved by me, nothing or no-one was ever imposed on me, also because I would’ve left the next day.

The signing of Zlatan, in his time, required several meetings.”

Chukwueze is expected to keep his place in Milan’s starting line up when they face Frosinone on Saturday (today).

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