The Italian starlet joined Spezia on loan last summer and scored his first goal with the Aquilotti in an away clash against Milan at San Siro in November.
When DAZN asked whether he’d like to play alongside Messi at Milan, he replied with a laugh: “I wish, I’ve told him [Paolo Maldini] more than once, but I am afraid there isn’t much he can do.”
A product of the Rossoneri academy, Maldini Jr. had scored his first Serie A goal with the Rossoneri last season. Ironically, it came in an away match at Spezia.
“I was seven when I joined Milan, I didn’t have any other choice, I believe,” he continued, as quoted by Gazzetta.
“The goal against Milan? Two days before the game, I understood I would play, I didn’t celebrate and my relatives were happy. I think it was the best thing for them.”
The Rossoneri still managed to win the game thanks to a late goal from Olivier Giroud.
“If a player has quality, he’d play. Perhaps we are a bit behind compared to other countries, but I think strong players are given a chance regardless of their age,” the 21-year-old added.
Maldini played with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Milan: “At the beginning, it was incredible seeing him at Milanello,” said the Spezia loanee.
“He always pushes his teammates to give their best, he gets angry sometimes, and he doesn’t care if a player is young or not.
“I needed to leave [Milan] to have an experience away from home. There is a young group of players at Spezia and I feel well. Gotti doesn’t talk much, but when he does, he lets his voice be heard.”
Maldini, 21, scored one goal in 24 appearances with Milan’s senior team before joining Spezia on loan last summer.
He has two goals in six appearances across all competitions with the Aquilotti this season.