Alessandro Florenzi says it is impossible to imagine Paolo Maldini leaving Milan amid uncertainty over his future.
Maldini is coming towards the end of his contract with the newly-crowned Serie A champions and it has been reported that the technical director could leave.
Milan wing-back Florenzi has no idea if the Rossoneri and Italy legend will still be at San Siro next season, with the club set to be taken over.
Maldini spent his entire 25-year career at Milan, playing an incredible 902 games and winning 26 trophies.
Florenzi cannot envisage the one-club man no longer being with the Rossoneri but hopes he will stay on.
He said during a press conference ahead of Italy's Finalissima showdown with Argentina at Wembley next Wednesday: "Maldini does not know what he will do between now and June 30, let alone if I do.
"Now I want to do well with the national team, then there will be the holidays and then what will be will be."
He added: "I met him this year, he is a man of great values and I would also put Massara [Milan sporting director Frederic] with him. They are the basis of the championship won, the two of them did a great job with the coach.
"They are very important people who can do well for Milan. A Milan without Maldini is a bit like a Rome without [Francesco] Totti and [Daniele] De Rossi."