By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Rossoneri's disappointment in missing out on last season's Serie A title was compounded by the departures of star players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva during the summer.
Failure to replace the quality lost has seen AC Milan struggle for consistency in the current campaign, with Massimiliano Allegri's squad sitting in a disappointing seventh place. However, Maldini told La Reppublica that he believed the Rossoneri have been on the decline for years.
"When I arrived, I found a great foundation to build a great club, President Silvio Berlusconi came and taught us to think big, also of course with his investments. Arrigo Sacchi followed and we had the mentality that we’d become the symbol of a style of football. It was something magical," he shared.
"Slowly, the magic was lost and Milan transformed into an absolutely normal club. That’s because Milan stopped transmitting that message and those who had written the history of the club stopped teaching their knowledge to the next generation. There is nobody in the current Milan set-up who wrote history, other than those in marginal roles."
The five-time Champions League winner also expressed his disappointment with the direction taken on by Milan management.
"It is difficult to evaluate the planning of this Milan side, as over the summer they released 12 players of great character and still didn’t expect a difficult start to the season," Maldini noted.
"In all honesty, I can’t see what their plans are. Choosing certain players, even if they are on free transfers, looks a world away from a specific plan."