Chelsea boss Ancelotti: Maldini turned me down

New Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he wanted former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini to join his Blues coaching staff.

New Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he wanted former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini to join his Blues coaching staff.

Ancelotti joined the London club from AC Milan last month and had hoped Maldini would follow him to Stamford Bridge after hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

"I made that proposal to him," said Ancelotti in an interview with Radio Deejay. "But he wanted to take time off and after so many years playing, it's understandable.

"But if I could have taken anyone to Chelsea, it would have been Maldini."