CLARENCE SEEDORF has refused to discuss rumours about his future and only wanted to talk about the Livorno win.
Adriano Galliani seemed less than excited today at San Siro, despite the 3-0 win, and that has led fans on social media to believe that there is some truth behind the rumours that Galliani and coach Clarence Seedorf aren’t on the best of terms.
There have been talks that Galliani wants Pippo Inzaghi or Vincenzo Montella to replace Seedorf already this summer but the Dutchman, who had already arrived this January and replaced Massimiliano Allegri, is not interested in ‘talks’.
“My future? I am demonstrating my work with facts, not with words. I leave the rumours to the press,” Seedorf told Rai Italia after the game. “The game? Great credit goes to the players, they were really good: three goals, great plays and no goals conceded. The Europa League race? Now we have to think about Roma. It will definitely not be a walk in the park.
“We’ll see where we are at the end of the season. Milan isn’t accustomed to this kind of ranking but 5 wins in a row is quite a signal.” Milan got 15 points from matches against Fiorentina, Chievo, Genoa, Catania and Livorno and are now tied on 6th.
“We are in a position that boosts confidence, as we are closer to the top teams and the final few rounds will be decisive,” ‘Dorf said to Sky Italia. “The side really put in a great performance and had the right approach to this game. We are targeting the Europa League, so first we have Roma and then Inter. We had the utmost respect for Livorno today and will do the same at Roma next week. Livorno’s complains about the referee (they claim that Balotelli pushed the defender on his goal and that Abate deserved a red card)? You can stir up controversy if you want, there’s no point saying if it was a foul.
“I want to talk only about the good performance. Balo? He is maturing psychologically and this allows him to do better both on and off the field. I hope he continues along this path. Inzaghi or Montella? I don’t know, you’d have to talk to the club. I can’t speak for others. I am focused on bringing home as many points as possible, that’s what was asked of me, and try to prepare for next year. Am I perplexed on the club’s failure to make my position clear? You’d have to ask the club that.”
Seedorf also spoke to Milan Channel: “I had a feeling Pazzini could score. He’s a player that has always given his all. I saw that he was in good shape and I thought that he would have the space out on the pitch to do well. I told him to come on and score. It went well. We struggled versus Catania, the players took lots of shots and gave their all physically and mentally.
“We grinded out the result vs. Catania, whereas today we showed the quality of the squad. We’re growing and we’re getting to know each other better. Things don’t just happen out of nothing, they take time to create. We’ll continue with this intensity and approach. We’ve now got a tough Roma side to play. They’re achieving incredible things this season. We’ll try and give our very best. Robinho played a good 80 minutes and I’m happy about this. I’m happy to have lots of choice up front.
“I’m also happy about the Primavera result and for Stephan El Shaarawy. We’ll now wait and see how his body reacts. We don’t want to make any mistakes with him. We want to now finish the season in the best way possible. We’ve stated our objective and we’re trying to achieve that. I thank all the Milan fans for their support of the team that is improving.
“Happy Easter with the hope that it will be spent with family.” This is the first time Milan have managed five wins in a row since the 2011/2012 season (October-November 2011); they finished that season in 2nd place just behind Juventus.
Seedorf was again asked about his future by the media in the press conferences room at Stadio San Siro after the win: “I wanted to respect the personal situation of President Berlusconi and hence we haven’t spoken much. Until the club says otherwise, I will continue on this path, trying to help improve the side and its results and looking to plan for next season.
“The Parma match (on March 16, which Milan lost 4-2) wasn’t the turning point, we had already given a good response out on the pitch against Juve and Atletico Madrid. The Parma game wasn’t the match which motivated the players to bounce back. To suggest that is an insult to these professionals who were determined to get out of this tough situation for the club.
“The squad had already performed well prior to the fans’ protests. In that moment, the fans wanted to show their feelings, but the players were already on the right path to improving the situation and we’re now seeing the positive results.”