Clarence Seedorf has confirmed that he will retire from football in order to take over as coach of AC Milan.

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seedorf cThe Dutchman was playing for Brazilian club Botafogo last season, but has confirmed that he will immediately retire in order to take over from the sacked Massimiliano Allegri at AC Milan.

Seedorf told a press conference, “I am quitting football after 22 years. Last night was a difficult one for me but I’m satisfied with what I’ve achieved during my career and with Botafogo. I want to hug my team-mates and wish Botafogo all the best.

“I want to thank everybody because this experience, has helped me to grow. I’m sure it will also be very useful for the next step in my career, as Milan coach. When ,Berlusconi (Milan President) called me, it was impossible to say ‘no’ considering the relationship I have with him. Here in Brazil I learned how to adapt to difficult situations and try to improve everything that was possible to improve.”

During his 22 year playing career, Seedorf became the only player to ever win the Champions League with three different teams, having triumphed with Ajax, Real Madrid, and AC Milan.

Capped 87 times by Netherlands, Seedorf also appeared for Sampdoria, and Inter Milan, but it was with AC that the midfielder felt most at home, playing over 400 times in a ten year period.

Seedorf now enters his first position as head coach, and will attempt to turn AC Milan’s season around, with the Italian giants currently lingering in a disappointing 11th place.

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