Former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf has agreed to be the next coach of seven times European champions AC Milan after being asked by club president Silvio Berlusconi.
In 2012 Seedorf – who has no coaching experience – left Milan after 10 successful years for Brazil’s Botafogo where on Tuesday he also announced his retirement as a player after over two decades.
The 37-year old said: “I am here to announce that I am going to stop playing football. I am going to retire after 22 years. It was a difficult night, but I am satisfied with what I have done in my career and what I managed to do here with Botafogo.”
Seedorf admitted that when he got the call from Berlesconi to replace the fired Massimiliano Allegri it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
He said: “It’s obvious because it’s that place (Milan) that gave me 10 years of my football life, my relationship with the president there is very strong. When he asked me yesterday I couldn’t say no.”
As a player Seedorf helped AC Milan to two Champions league crowns, two league titles and an Italian Cup but as a coach will have his work cut out this term with the club in 11th place, 30 points off leaders Juventus and 20 points off the final champions league berth currently occupied by Napoli.