Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Paolo Maldini

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Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that he attempted to sign Paolo Maldini from AC Milan during his time at Manchester United.

The Italian centre-back spent 24 years at the San Siro with the Serie A side, appearing in over 600 league games for the club.

He stayed at the top level until the end of his career, finally retiring in 2009 as a 41-year-old.

Maldini is still widely considered as one of the best defenders of the modern era and almost won the FIFA World Player of the Year when he came second to George Weah in 1995.

Now the former Manchester United manager Ferguson has revealed that he tried to sign him during his time at Old Trafford.

He said that although he "loved" the player, upon approaching the player's father Cesare Ferguson knew the player would never leave Milan.

Speaking at the release of his new autobiography, Ferguson said: "Maldini was an outstanding player. I loved him.

"I approached his father once, Cesare, and the look he gave me I knew never to go back to him.

"He was never leaving Milan."

Ferguson also reserved praise for Juventus saying the side that Marcello Lippi built between 1994 and 1999 was "the model" he focused on.

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