Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Paolo Maldini

Ferguson wanted Maldini
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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he once attempted to prise Paolo Maldini from AC Milan.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he tried to sign Paolo Maldini from AC Milan.

Speaking at a press conference after unveiling his new book, My Autobiography, Ferguson branded the former Italian international "an outstanding player".

"Maldini was an outstanding player. I loved him. I approached his father once, Cesare, and the look he gave me I knew never to go back to him. He was never leaving Milan," he told reporters.

Maldini, now 45, spent 24 years in the first team at Milan.

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