AC Milan captain Maldini ponders retirement

AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has confirmed reports he is seriously considering retirement at the end of the season.

"I have a lot of energy left. One must be consistent, but at the same time only an idiot doesn't change his mind," smiled Maldini.

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"In these last few months my knees are no longer hurting very much. The club and fans are pushing me to play for another year.

"I have to admit, three months ago I was in a much worse condition and had to stay out for five months following surgery. Now I feel better and am even playing in a role I hadn't tried for quite a while."

Maldini also called for fans to cool talk of revolution at Milan after their shock Champions League exit.

"I don't think that's necessary. We need the right men, going for quality not quantity. Our past is not so remote, as in the past 12 months we have won the Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

"If we look at what we have achieved over the past 20 years compared to Arsenal, there is a huge difference."

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