Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf returns to the San Siro as manager to replace Massimiliano Allegri
The former Netherlands international has hung up his boots to take the position
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Clarence Seedorf has announced that he is retiring from football in order to become the new coach of AC Milan.
The Dutch midfielder, who is in his second season at Brazilian club Botafogo, was the leading candidate to replace Massimiliano Allegri, who was sacked on Monday.
"Considering my relationship with the (Milan) president (Silvio Berlusconi), when he called me yesterday I couldn't say no after 10 years spent there (at Milan)," he said in a press conference on Tuesday at Botafogo's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro
Seedorf joined Botafogo in 2012 after a 10-year career at the San Siro.
The 37-year-old is the only player to have won the Champions League four times with three different clubs - Ajax (1995), Real Madrid (1998) and AC Milan (2003 and 2007).
"I am retiring from football after 22 years," he said. "It has been a difficult night but I am satisfied by what I've achieved in my career and what I've done at Botafogo.
"My aim is to dream again.
"This experience at Botafogo has helped me grow a lot and will no doubt help me in my next step as coach of AC Milan.
"I wish Botafogo and my team-mates the best.
"The level has increased thanks to everyone and I'm certain that the club will be able to remain at a high level."
Seedorf returns to Italy and inherits a team that is 30 points behind league leaders Juventus at the halfway stage of the campaign after Sunday's 4-3 defeat at Sassuolo.
That result brought to an end Allegri's three-and-a-half-year spell at the helm of the Rossoneri.
Seedorf could make his coaching debut on Sunday evening at home to Hellas Verona.
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove