Villa's Laursen: Maldini my hero

Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen admits he's using former AC Milan teammate Paolo Maldini as inspiration.

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"If I had to pick someone I looked up to it would be Paolo Maldini," Laursen told Villa's website. "I was asked by a journalist when I was at Silkebourg if I could name a world-class player I would like to join the club if I had one wish?

"I chose Paolo and a few years later I was playing alongside him at AC Milan.

"It was an honour to play with him. He's a nice person and a wonderful footballer. He is a complete player and I learnt a lot from him.

"He's a great example of how you should play football and how you should treat football.

"He's a gent on and off the pitch. You can find so many bad examples in football nowadays but he's a first class footballer and first class person.

"I'd love to have a career as long as Paolo's. I'm not sure that will be possible with my injury history but I hope so.

"He's had a brilliant career. He's always been fit and played well and he's an example for other footballers."

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