Milan’s Daniel Maldini To Follow In Family Footsteps With First Serie A Start

On Saturday, Daniel Maldini will resume a long-standing family tradition when he makes his Serie A debut for AC Milan. Maldini junior will resume his position in the starting XI at Spezia, more than a decade after his father, club great Paolo, last played for the seven-time European champions. Paolo Maldini, the former Italy defender who won nearly every award in the game during his 25 years as a Milan player, will be in the stands to watch his attacker son, as he has been the club’s technical director for the past two years.

When he lines up behind returning centre-forward Olivier Giroud, the 19-year-old Maldini will be following in the footsteps of his grandpa Cesare Maldini, who won four league titles and the 1963 European Cup for the Rossoneri.

Daniel made his senior Milan debut as a late substitution in a 1-1 tie with Verona in February of last year, and has since appeared in a number of games as a substitute.

He earned his first Milan start in a Europa League qualification match against Rio Ave the following October, and he has made three brief substitute appearances this season, including seven minutes in a 3-2 loss at Liverpool earlier this month.

Milan are currently in third place in Serie A, two points behind champions Napoli and even with local rivals Inter Milan, who play Atalanta on Saturday evening.

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