Paolo Maldini gives update on his future amid links to Manchester United sporting director role

Manchester United&aposs football director John Murtough is expected to leave his position after Sir Jim Ratcliffe&aposs minority stake is ratified and former defender Maldini is among those linked with becoming his successor.

The 55-year-old spent four years as Milan&aposs technical director and was responsible for overhauling the club&aposs recruitment, while he was also credited with putting together their last Serie A winning side.

Maldini left his position at the San Siro in the summer following the arrival of new American owners and he&aposs been out of work since leaving Milan, which has seen him linked with a role at Old Trafford.

In an interview with La Repubblica this week, Maldini spoke about his exit from Milan for the first time and he was asked about links to football director jobs in England and Saudi Arabia.

Maldini admitted he couldn&apost work for another club in Italy and said an offer in the Middle East could be tempting.

He said: For my job, the alternatives to Milan are very limited. I could never go to another Italian team. Possibly I would only evaluate the offer of a high-level foreign team. I like winning and building. Saudi Arabia could be a stimulating option, who knows.