Legendary AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has been fired by the club, along with his deputy Ricky Massara, just days after Maldini played a key role in persuading Rafael Leao to sign a new contract and remain at the San Siro Stadium.
The decision to dismiss Maldini was reportedly made by AC Milan chairman Gerry Cardinale, who also manages the team, but the exact reason for the dismissal has not been revealed.
According to Italian media, Cardinale contacted Maldini and Massara and informed them that they could no longer work together and should leave the team. There are conflicting reports about whether Maldini and Massara were fired or resigned.
Fabrizio Romano claims that the parties agreed that they should leave the team and write their resignations, while Tuttosport and Calciomercato newspapers report that they were fired.
Maldini, who spent his entire career at AC Milan and graduated from its college, was appointed as director in 2018.
His departure is a significant loss for the club, and Giorgio Furlani, the former vice president, will now fill the vacant position left by Maldini.