CLARENCE SEEDORF could leave in the next days but insists that he’s happy with what Milan have achieved with him.
Milan hired Seedorf after sacking Massimiliano Allegri in January and gave him the objective of finishing in a Europa League spot. They came really close but missed out on sixth place due to Parma’s win against Livorno on the final week.
The season is now over and despite the positive results, Seedorf is likely to get the sack. A decision regarding his position will be taken this month and Dorf has complimented his players for giving their best under him in this difficult year.
“Missing out on the Europa League? From the start that wasn’t the objective we had in mind. The lads did really well to emerge from a very difficult situation, as the number of points we earned in the second half of the season was dignified,” Seedorf told Sky Sport Italia after Milan defeated Sassuolo 2-1 at Stadio San Siro despite finishing the match with 9 men.
“My future? I have no intention of talking to the club via the media. I’ve said that for months and changes nothing in that regard. Now I will finish all the interviews, then go to eat some nice sushi, relax tomorrow, play some tennis and then we’ll try to prepare what we need to prepare with the club. I never felt that as a player I was finished, as I always wanted to improve, learn from other players and work on my own weaknesses. I think it’s the same for a Coach. I am a very curious person.
“I like challenges and I don’t think the learning process will ever end. It was a new experience being on the other side of the locker room, but we managed to form a cohesive group and that was very positive. Dressing room problems? I’ve never played in a team where every player was happy, but that doesn’t mean the squad isn’t cohesive. I remember at Real Madrid there were at least five who were unhappy, but if the rest are united then they will come back into the group,” he added.
Seedorf also spoke to the Milan Channel: “We’re proud of what the players have done in a difficult situation and with the constant pressure of always having to get the result. I’m proud of what the staff have done as well. It’s thanks to everyone’s work that the team were able to play the best that they could. The fact that we got this close is an important thing.
“We were only a point away from qualification and that’s football. At Bergamo we weren’t able to get the second goal and then they scored at the death. It’s been a tough road that we’ve traveled. We tried to make up the points to catch the 4/5 teams ahead of us. All credit to the players for having given all they had. Nigel De Jong? He is a great player but also a great man, he’s been a real pillar of strength and he deserves the applause he gets. I hope he’ll have a good World Cup.
“It’s easy to trust a player like Nigel. His head and his heart are always there. It’s important that we’re proud of what we’ve done in the second half of the season and that gives us hope for the future,” said Seedorf, who played 10 years at Milan.