Maldini has broken his silence on his firing at the end of last season.
On Cardinale, he told La Repubblica: "In a year with him, just one chat, plus 4 messages from him. He said we had to trust each other. I did it: how it went is known.
"I believe that the decision to fire us had been made months before and there were those who knew it.
"The contract, 2 years with the option to renew, was given to me on 30 June 2022 at 10pm: it was too unpopular to send us away after the Scudetto.
"(Cardinale wanted) to win the Champions League. I explained that a three-year plan was needed. From October to February I prepared it with Massara and a consultant friend of mine: 35 pages of sustainable strategy and the need for a leap in quality, sent to Gerry, two of his very close collaborators and the CEO (Giorgio) Furlani."