Saturday October 1 2011
Van Bommel on Milan future

Mark Van Bommel has pledged himself to Milan, but warned they ought to focus on Serie A rather than the Champions League.

“We had clear scoring opportunities as well as the two we netted against Barcelona, so this team certainly did not play catenaccio,” the Dutch international told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Winning in Europe is very difficult, so I think it's easier to win the Scudetto again. It's true we didn't get off to a good start in Serie A, as we often get too stretched out.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a great player, but we cannot depend too much on him. As for Clarence Seedorf, I see him more as a manager than a Coach in future.”

Van Bommel has to consider his own future too and already has it mapped out.

“When I retire, I want to be a Coach, as I'll take the two tests I'm missing and start in the youth teams in Holland. I'd like to end my career at PSV Eindhoven, but I have a contract here and am very happy to play another season.

“Milan must know they can count on me, as they had guts to sign a player of my age.”

He was teammates with Andrea Pirlo last season, but they'll be battling in midfield when Milan visit Juventus on Sunday night.

“Pirlo is a great player and it's only normal to miss someone like him. I'm not surprised he is doing so well at Juventus. However, now he is our opponent, so we can only focus on winning Sunday's game.”