MILAN, March 24: Former Italy football captain Paolo Maldini said he expects to recover �within a week� after being diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
Maldini, 51, now the technical director at AC Milan, and his 18-year-old son Daniel, a youth team player, had been in self-isolation at home for two weeks.
The team announced on Saturday that they would �remain in quarantine until clinically recovered� from COVID-19.
�With this video I wanted to thank all those people who expressed on social media their love and concern for me and my son�s health,� Maldini said on Instagram.
�We�re fine � we should be able to get rid of this virus within a week.
�Thanks for your continuing affection.
�I wanted to thank all those doctors, nurses, health workers, civil protection and law enforcement officers who are facing this emergency with the utmost professionalism and enormous courage.
�Once again, you make us feel proud of being Italian. Thanks again.� Maldini, considered one of the greatest defenders of all time, won five Champions League titles with Milan.
All sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3 following the outbreak of a virus which has claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in the country. � AFP