Seedorf confirms Milan role

Clarence Seedorf has confirmed he will become the new coach of AC Milan.

Last Updated: 14/01/14 at 16:43 Post Comment

Clarence Seedorf: New boss at AC Milan

Clarence Seedorf: New boss at AC Milan

Milan sacked Massimiliano Allegri on Monday and will replace him with 37-year-old Seedorf, who won two Champions League titles with the Italian giants in a 10-year career at the San Siro.

Seedorf revealed the news at a press conference in Rio De Janeiro where he also stated he will be retiring from playing.

The Dutchman has been playing in the Brazilian league with Botafogo, but his agent has claimed that he has a release clause in his contract.

"I am here to announce that I will retire from playing after 22 years," said Seedorf.

"It has been a difficult decision, but I am satisfied with what I have achieved in my career. Here at Botafogo I am happy because I leave a team which has qualified for the (Copa) Libertadores.

"I leave an improved club, especially in terms of their mentality and team spirit.

"Yes, I will be the coach at Milan."

"Considering my relationship with the president (Silvio Berlusconi) when he called me yesterday I couldn't say no after 10 years spent there. My aim is to dream again."

The midfielder was the first player to win the Champions League with three different clubs - Ajax Amsterdam in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998 and AC Milan in 2003 and 2007. He has also represented Inter Milan and Sampdoria.

Milan are currently eleventh in Serie A after blowing a two-goal lead in a 4-3 defeat at promoted Sassuolo on Sunday. That left them 30 points behind leaders Juventus and 20 points off the final Champions League berth occupied by Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti was Seedorf's boss at the San Siro and he believes the former Holland international midfielder has what it takes to succeed.

"Seedorf was my player, he has a very big personality," said Ancelotti, now in charge of Real Madrid. "He has the capacity and knowledge to do everything in the world of football. He is going to get experience in an atmosphere he knows very well.

"Milan have often made this type of decision, first Arrigo Sacchi who had no experience, then Fabio Capello... now Seedorf. Every time that decision has gone well for him. I wish him a lot of luck."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

am jealous but i do wonder why he's never done anything for barca and why they seemingly don't give two hoots that he's leaving. they clearly rate suarez more than him, that much is inarguable

bobsy
Sanchez Is A Game-Changer For Arsenal...

L

uis Suarez: on his way to Barcelona. Liverpool : on their way to the Conference.

wotyomamased
Liverpool agree sale of Suarez

D

aryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.

harry hotspur
The Blank Gossip

Footer 365

Transfer news: Newcastle agree fee with Montpellier for Remy Cabella

Newcastle have agreed a fee with French club Montpellier to sign midfielder Remy Cabella, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: West Ham keen on Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, say Sky sources

West Ham are interested in taking Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Luis Suarez will sign for Barcelona next week after fee agreed with Liverpool

Liverpool have agreed to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a deal which could be worth as much as £75m.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property