Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he attempted to sign Italian icon Paolo Maldini from AC Milan but was refused by his father.
Maldini, who retired in 2009, is regarded as one of the best defenders to have played in European football, and Ferguson was keen to add some more steel to his defense.
“I did try but, when I met his father, he was quite formidable,” Ferguson said, the club’s official website reported. “I got a shake of the head and that was all. He said 'my grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I am Milan and my son is Milan. Forget it.’”
The 48-year-old said he was unaware of the offer. He added: “The good part about it is that he [Cesare] has never talked to me about it. There was no chance though.”
More from Newsweek