Paolo Maldini has quashed speculation that he may retire at the end of the season by confirming he will play on for another year.
The 38-year-old defender has enjoyed an illustrious career with Milan, making over 600 Serie A and 100 Champions League appearances for the club. Next week, provided he recovers from a knee injury, Maldini will lead Milan into the Champions League final against Liverpool – his eighth major European final with the club.
“It is incredible. It is unbelievable to play games like this at the age of 38,” said Maldini.
“My life has been not very normal. I want to play one more year to maybe have the chance to play the ninth final.
“I still have the chance to have fun playing this sport and staying with my team, so why not try to win the next one and finish with this type of trophy in 2008?”
Maldini, who has been troubled by a persistent knee injury in recent weeks, remains hopeful that he will be fit to take the field against Liverpool.
“I still have a week to prepare myself,” Maldini added. “Yesterday I trained and it is not 100 per cent. But I’m positive.”