Saturday May 17 2014
Seedorf: 'I made mistakes'

Clarence Seedorf had good news for Stephan El Shaarawy and confessed to regrets in his spell as Milan Coach.

Tomorrow night’s game with Sassuolo could well be his last on the bench. Click here for a match preview.

“Will El Shaarawy start? We could certainly think about it,” said Seedorf in his Press conference.

“Stephan is coming off a difficult few months, but did very well in the recovery process. He is a fundamental player for me and an important one for the future of Milan.

“He’s disappointed not to be in the World Cup squad, as is Andrea Poli, but I hope they can convert all that into motivation with the Rossoneri.”

There has also been a great deal of speculation over Mario Balotelli and Ricky Kaka.

“Is Balotelli the symbol of Milan? It’s a bit early to say that. I don’t know whether or not Kaka will stay, as we have to wait and see what he’s decided.”

President Silvio Berlusconi left the door open for a potential agreement to keep Seedorf, who shrugged off yet more questions on his future.

“I have already said I will not comment on the President’s words or communicate with the club via the media.

“My future? I have another two years on my contract. That seems to be my future. I don’t have to say anything else, as I’ve been in football for 23 years and read so many made-up stories.

“I repeat what I’ve said for weeks: my conscience is clear. I love Italy, but some ways of communicating are not right. I think that over four months you in the media went overboard with me and with Italian football in general.

“I have really enjoyed this season, learned a great deal with the highs and lows of this sport. Other than results there is also the daily training and rapport with players and staff.

“I am proud to have seen a team that wanted to react, bringing out its battling spirit. I think we earned a dignified number of points in the second half of the season and the credit goes to a squad that gave its all.

“Mistakes are what allow you to mature and improve. I know what errors I made and I’ve tried to learn from them.”
However, Seedorf admits there is one game that sticks in his craw.

“I’d like to replay the Champions League home tie with Atletico Madrid. Having said that, the progress of Atleti in the Liga and Europe shows how strong they really are.”

Diego Simeone’s side could win the Liga title today, while they face Real Madrid in the Champions League Final next week.

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