Saturday February 15 2014
Seedorf: 'Milan deserve respect'

Coach Clarence Seedorf hit back at criticism of his Milan side. “People try to create controversy.”

The tactician spoke to Sport Mediaset and Sky Sport Italia after last night’s 1-0 win over Bologna and ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

“The presence and support of the President was important. He was timely in his intervention, not tied to any results, but rather to plan for the future,” he said of a dinner with Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani this week.

“We are all united and Berlusconi only confirmed that. I often speak to the President. Unfortunately, there are some who want to divide and create controversy where none exists.

“People talk about things that are not based on facts. How can they start to doubt me when I’ve only just arrived and picked up the team mid-season?

“It’s a shame for Milan, who are one of the most important clubs in Italy and deserve respect, but I’ve seen and heard these things since I was a player. They are false and were written only to hurt people.

“My job now is to protect the group.”

There have been reports Seedorf is pushing to completely revamp the coaching staff at the club.

“You must understand I can’t respond to everything people write in the papers. I am happy with my staff right now and they are helping me. As for next season, we’ll see when the time is right.

“Until you hear what I have to say, everything that is written can be considered false.”