Paolo Maldini: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United tried to sign me

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Paolo Maldini has revealed Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal made efforts to tempt him from AC Milan.

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has revealed he had three offers from Premier League clubs during his glittered career.

Maldini won the Champions League five times, almost six, had it not been for Liverpool's miraculous comeback in Istanbul a decade ago.

The Italian defender remained a one-club man, and holds the record for the highest number of appearances in Serie A.

Speaking in The Mail, Maldini has named the three sides which tried to bring him to England, but admits he or Milan never allowed the interest to get serious, such was his commitment.

He said: "I had an offer from Manchester United, but I didn’t speak directly to them.

"Luca Vialli, when he was Chelsea manager, called me. That was in 1996. We’d had a very bad season. There was also something from Arsenal, but I never spoke to them directly. I would have said no anyway.

"Vialli was a friend of mine and he was the only one who made me think. I had some problems with my team and the supporters at that time. I thought, just for one day, ‘What if?’ But then, no."

Maldini admitted that it was Chelsea who tempted him most, mainly due to circumstance.

Throughout Maldini's career, AC Milan remained giants of Italian football in terms of on-pitch success and not just stature.

He won seven Serie A titles, although won the Coppa Italia only once, and captained his country making more than 120 appearances for the Azzurri.

His bond to Milan was seemingly unbreakable, but nowadays the side are a shadow of the all-conquering side they were, sitting 11th in Serie A.

Perhaps if he was playing now they would not be in that position, but if his side's were finishing in 11th, perhaps he would have been tempted by a Premier League switch.

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