Tuesday April 15 2014
Seedorf needs fifth place finish

Clarence Seedorf may have taken Milan to four consecutive wins, but the club still reportedly hold the expectation of finishing in fifth place.

The Dutchman was only appointed in January and has a contract that runs through to June 2016, but difficulties in his opening couple of months have led to continued speculation over his future beyond the summer.

The Rossoneri are widely seen as having placed the demand of securing Europa League qualification on the 38-year-old and the Gazzetta dello Sport today make clear that this remains the case, in spite of the upturn in form.

Four consecutive wins has improved the mood at Milanello, but the pink paper allege that Seedorf has to guide the team to a fifth place finish in the League, or see his future fall into great doubt.

Whilst sixth place looks certain to be enough for a Europa League spot too, the Diavolo are understood to only harbour ambition of fifth or higher, for the automatic progression into the group stages that brings.

Milan are seen as reluctant to enter into the qualifying phase of the Europa League, which sixth place would force, as it would clash with the preseason tour of the US already set up. Currently Inter occupy fifth and lead the Rossoneri by five points.

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