AC Milan have appointed club legend Paolo Maldini as their new technical director.
The former legendary centre-back will work closely at San Siro alongside Zvonimir Boban, the club's new chief football officer.
Maldini's appointment has been met with delight by Milan's hierarchy, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis - formerly of Arsenal - saying: 'Paolo embodies that quality and those values that are the building blocks of our club.
AC Milan have confirmed the appointment of Paolo Maldini as new technical direcotr
'I am happy to have him at the helm of our sporting area. With him, we will be able to build a modern club, formed by professionals of the highest quality.
'It will be a journey we will pursue together to achieve a challenging and compelling project, one which will require great energy and dedication.
'I am confident Paolo will be able to project his experience, his vision and his leadership.
'Paolo is an integral part of AC Milan and knows the way to success. He will be an important point of reference for everyone.'
Maldini's move back to his former club will be a very popular choice with the fans, having played 647 games, winning seven Serie A titles and five Champions Leagues.
Maldini enjoyed a hugely successful career at Milan, playing 647 games for the Serie A giants