AC Milan skipper Maldini: Thiago Silva my successor

AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has declared Thiago Silva will be his successor.

AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has declared Thiago Silva will be his successor.

Maldini hangs up his boots at the end of the season and said: "I'm very happy and looking forward to these final weeks.

"My successor is Thiago Silva. He is a great defender, but he needs to grow and learn from (Beppe) Favalli."

Maldini added: "Everything tells me that (coach) Carlo Ancelotti will remain here. Buy three top players and Milan will be able compete with everyone."