NIGEL DE JONG has admitted his Milan future is far from certain and offered his public support to Clarence Seedorf.
De Jong is leading the Rossoneri Blog poll for Player of the 2013/2014 Season and he was a key part in Seedorf’s team. However Seedorf is set to get the axe in the next days (severance package yet to be agreed) and De Jong could follow.
Nigel joined the Rossoneri in 2012 from Manchester City on a three year deal and with the midfielder approaching the age of 30, he could leave the Diavolo as a number of teams have shown interest in him and he admits that he might walk out.
“The firing of Seedorf? I don’t anything about what’s going on, but I hope that Seedorf will stay. You all know how football is in Italy. It’s politics,” De Jong is quoted as saying on the Dutch news agency ANP. “Seedorf did a fantastic job with players that weren’t his own. We had many good performances in the four months with him, we played better and more offensively.
“Unfortunately we missed out on the Europa League by just 1 point (finished 8th). Seedorf now needs time and a fresh start. We must start a new cycle with him. Dedicating the goal in the derby to him? I did it because I knew he was in a difficult position. I wanted to support him. My future? I’m 29 years old and I have to make an important decision: stay at Milan or leave to join another big club. Milan is a top club, but I want to know what the project for next season is. It’s only normal.”
Milan can find themselves on the market searching for two midfielders as Riccardo Montolivo will of course miss the first months of the season. They’ve been linked with the 22-year-old midfielder Daniele Baselli of Atalanta in the last few days.