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Matthijs de Ligt reacts to transfer speculation over his future

Ajax youth sensation Matthijs de Ligt has said that there is nothing concrete with regards to the transfer interest. The 18-year-old has been heavily tipped for a big-club move this summer with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City interested in his services but so far, there has not been much movement from the European heavyweights.

Speaking to Dutch publication NOS, De Ligt admitted that he is flattered by the big-club interest but he remains an Ajax player for the moment, he said:“It’s always nice when a club fights for you. As long as that clarity is not there yet, I will not say anything that might bring clarity, but at the moment there is nothing really concrete about it. I’m training at Ajax and I’m going to do my best.”
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Cristian Chivu

Cristian Chivu is one of the celebrated names in Romania football after the defender went on to make it big with the likes of Roma and Inter Milan. The defender recently retired from football after failing to recover from a spate of injury problems in the last few years. However, he has not done so without winning major titles in his career. In fact, Chivu may just be the most remembered name in recent football history of Romania after the star lifted several titles including the Champions League and at least five Italian Serie A titles.

Chivu was a regular in the Romanian national team when he played for them between 1999 and 2010. This helped him get 75 caps and also three goals from these matches at international level. The celebrated success came in the club football. After representing Ajax, Roma, and Inter Milan, he lifted a whopping 13 different titles. He was also named in the Romanian footballer of the year on three occasions. Following the conclusion of his stellar playing career, the possibility of getting into football punditry or management beckoned the 33-year-old. It seems that he has chosen the managerial route.

He says that he would be willing to become a coach in the near future and is currently looking at the prospects of doing so. “I had been thinking in these recent months of becoming a coach because I miss certain things like the locker room and the smell of the field. I’ll see what I want to do in the future, but the idea of becoming a coach has been teasing me a lot,” said the defender, who can recall the experience from working with some of the top managers in the world like Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini. It remains to be seen if he will start his coaching career in Romania.

Real Madrid Due To Face Sevilla

Real Madrid will be taking on Sevilla in highly anticipated UEFA Super Cup clash on Tuesday. The match will take place at Cardiff City’s Millennium Stadium where Madrid winger Gareth Bale has played on several occasions for the national team. As a Welshman, return to the stadium is highly emotional for the 24-year-old winger. However, he has been backed by several pundits to deliver. Ahead of the match, he has spoken about the desire to win all six trophies on offer this campaign. He has been included in the squad for the match as has been Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar will be looking to put behind his disappointment at the World Cup 2014. Portugal were knocked out of the group stages with Ronaldo much criticised for his poor performances. The 29-year-old managed only one goal in the three group matches. Ronaldo is no stranger to winning UEFA Super Cups after having done so at Manchester United in 2008. Along with Ronaldo and Bale, manager Carlo Ancelotti has also include a new marquee signing James Rodriguez in the squad. The Colombian international was signed by Real Madrid for £ 71 million to make him the fourth most expensive player in the world.

It is expected that Madrid will use a unique formation to harness their attacking potential. “These matches at the start of the season are different, neither team is at full fitness and we’ll certainly see more chances than there are in a European final. I hope it’s an attractive match and that Madrid win,” said Madrid defender Arbeloa. Ahead of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti also dismissed transfer rumours surrounding midfielder Sami Khedira, only has 12 months left on his contract. The German international has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, although Arsene Wenger said that he did not know the origin of these transfer rumours.

EARLY PROMISE DISAPPEARS

The early promise that seemed to appear after the appointment of Clarence Seedorf has managed in recent weeks after the club has suffered back-to-back defeats in important competitions. After the league defeats at the hands of Juventus and Udinese, Milan were hoping to at least get into the quarter-finals of the Champions League since it would have been rewarding financially. The club are anyway about to lose their record of having appeared in any form of European football for more than a decade. They will be without even Europa league football next season, but an appearance in the quarter-final of the Champions League this season will be enough to sustain the club going forward.

However, they have failed to do so after suffering a 5-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid. The Italians came into the match trailing 1-0 from the first leg, but they conceded a goal in the second minute to destroy Seedorf’s plans. They went on to lose 4-1 with only Kaka scoring the consolation goal for Milan. After this disappointment, progress will return to the league, as Milan will be seeking a strong into the season. They will be up against an inform Parma team and this will be a very difficult encounter according to Seedorf.

“It’ll be a tough match tomorrow as we’ll be up against a team in form. We’ll give everything to get into Europe, working game by game and we have 11 matches to get to that objective. The team is focused and the players are ready to give 100%. If we had won the home match against Juventus of the Champions League match against Atletico, something would have changed, especially for the players who are in a delicate situation. We’ll keep working with enthusiasm to get out of this situation,” said Seedorf.

AC IN CRISIS

Ac.Milan’s crisis sees the Italian team fighting in the Serie A in the middle section of the tables and having made a series of major changes in the club including a switch of coaches as Massimiliano Allegri was fired and Clarence Seedorf was appointed as the new head coach.

There even were rumors involving Adriano Galiani wanting to leave the club after having problems with Barbara Berlusconi as well as having a number of players entering and departing the Italian club.

The situation could even be seen just by looking at the players themselves and this was the case during Ac.Milan’s match against Napoli when Mario Balotelli was substituted and replaced by Pazzini. The former Manchester City started shedding tears as he was unable to help his team overcome Napoli and get them out of their situation.

1 week later Balotelli would score the only goal of Ac.Milan’s match against Bologna as the Italian attacker scored with a long range shot that gave his team the crucial victory.

The new coach of Ac.Milan, Clarence Seedorf praised the work of Balotelli as he even said that he will become a champion someday.

“It’s the kind of goal Mario knows how to score, as he has these weapons in his armory,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “The great thing is that the team continues to believe in the result, as you don’t score goals like that unless you believe.”

“People like to take my words out of context. I didn’t say Mario isn’t a champion, but that he will become a champion. I believe in him a great deal and I believe in the man he is becoming. I only think positive things towards him. What position do I like him best in? I like Balotelli. He can play on the right or the left.”

SEEDORF TAKES OVER

Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has confirmed his retirement from playing football and he will be announced as the new manager of Milan. The Italian club recently sacked their manager Massimiliano Allegri after a run of poor results left them fighting to even get into the top half of the table. After the sacking of Allegri, the club was expected to announce a new manager within the next few weeks. However, the rumours about a possible return of Seedorf started in motion within a few days. Seedorf is one of the finest midfielders to have represented Milan in their long history.

He is a Champions league winner with three different teams, a record that is boosted by no other player. The Dutchman was playing with Brazilian outfit Botafogo after leaving Milan a few years ago. He has been a model professional at the Brazilian outfit. His agent recently revealed that there was a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave the Brazilian club under certain circumstances. It is believed that the clause has been activated because Milan have been able to come to terms with Seedorf very quickly.

The 37-year-old has announced that he will become the next Milan manager after ending his playing career after 22 years.

“I am here to announce that I will retire from playing after 22 years. It has been a difficult decision, but I am satisfied with what I have achieved in my career. Here at Botafogo I am happy because I leave a team which has qualified for the (Copa) Libertadores. I leave an improved club, especially in terms of their mentality and team spirit. Yes, I will be the coach at Milan,” said Seedorf. Allegri lost his job after the team that defeated 4-3 by Sassuolo. This results left them 30 points behind Juventus.

AC RETURN?

Massimiliano Allegri keeps on struggling in this season of Serie A having only managed to win 3 matches out of the 13 played so far. These results put the future of Allegri with Ac.Milan in danger unless they can pull out some positive results in the next encounter.

Adriano Galliani already stated that despite the outcome that Allegri gets his position is secured but can those words hold true?

Ever since leaving Ac.Milan Claerence Seedorf was a possible candidate of being a coach of the Italian team and according to rumors that are circulating in Brazil he has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Rossoneri.

Ac.Milan went through a massive change in squad some time ago that saw their most experienced players finding their way out of the Italian team including not only Seedorf but Inzaghi as he now coaches the youth squad.

Ever since exiting the main team both Inzaghi and Seedorf expressed their desire on maintaining a connection with the club and becoming a coach. This might just be the time when it happens if Allegri can’t pick up good results in the next few weeks or if he fails to qualify in the next stages of the Champions League.

If this is the truth then AC Milan will have to pay up to €1 million to release Seedorf from his Botafogo contract which doesn’t end till June next year, reports Globesporte.com.

Last week, Seedorf was reported saying he would like to take over the reins at Milan. His relationship with the Berlusconi family, who own the club, is seen to be strong.

Only time will tell if this actually goes through but these next matches of Ac.Milan under the reign of Allegri will decide his future with the club and the possibility of Seedorf stepping into the club once more.

PATIENCE

Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf said that Real Madrid should have patience with manager Carlo Ancelotti man who has endured a difficult start to the life at the Spanish capital. Ancelotti was appointed as the replacement for José Mourinho and he left his job at Paris St Germain in order to take up this job. The arrival of players like Gareth Bale has increased the pressure on Ancelotti even before he began. The start of the season has not been great because Madrid are already five points behind Barcelona in the table.

Seedorf, who played under Ancelotti for several years at Milan, has said that the club should have a lot of faith in the Italian because he is one of the best managers in the world. Ancelotti was one league titles and Champions League titles during his illustrious career both as a player and as a manager. He is one of the very few to hold this record. Seedorf has said that Ancelotti always makes his team played well and win matches, but the transition period from the days of José Mourinho will take some time.

Seedorf has recalled that he worked with Ancelotti for eight years at Milan and he knows him better than most at Madrid.

“Ancelotti always knows what he is doing, give him time. He is a winner and we must be patient so that he can build. They have played some good games, which must give him confidence. He has always managed to have his teams play well and in the end also win. The club have decided to work with him to push the team up a level in Europe and win La Liga, and for that we must give him time,” said the Dutch midfielder, who is currently at Brazilian club Botafogo.

STUNNING SUCCESS

Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has been a stunning success in Brazil after moving to the Brazilian league only recently with Botafogo. He has been an influential figure for the club in every way including helping the youth players develop their game. He has also helped the club reach the top of the table with a stunning goal against current champions Fluminense. Botafogo were taking on Fluminense in a crunch encounter and the current champions are certainly the favourites to take all three points. However, they were stunned by an excellent performance from the 37-year-old.

Seedorf has been consistently linked with a return to AC Milan as a manager over the last few weeks. However, it looks like he will be completing the season with Botafogo before taking a decision on his future. Seedorf has played for the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Ajax. He is the only player to have lifted a Champions League trophy with three different clubs. Coritiba were the table leaders going into the match, but they were held to a 2-2 draw with Flamengo. As a result, they have fallen out of the top of the table.

Botafogo now occupy this position after having taken for the victories from the opening six matches of the season. It would be a tremendous achievement for Botafogo to win the league because they are not amongst the traditional big clubs like Santos and São Paulo. Even though Fluminense were the league champions only last season, they were totally outplayed by Botafogo as they dominated possession. Botafogo also created a lot of opportunities as well, but it was the solitary goal from Seedorf that proved to be the difference between the two teams.

Clarence Seedorf is already proving to be an influential signing for the club.

AC WILL DO WELL

Former AC Milan, Real Madrid, and Ajax midfielder Clarence Seedorf has said that he expects AC Milan to do extremely well in the coming seasons. Meanwhile, he has also said that it is going to be extremely difficult for their rivals Inter Milan since they are in a transition period. The former Dutch international is currently playing for the Brazilian club Botafogo. The two Milan clubs have been experiencing mixed fortunes over the year. Inter Milan started the season extremely well and they were in contention for a Champions League spot only a few months ago.

AC Milan, meanwhile, started the season extremely poorly and they were looking in danger of finishing in the bottom half of the table. However, the January transfer window brought about a seachange in the fortunes of the clubs. Milan have been on an extremely good run of form, which has propelled them to the third position in the league. One of the main reasons behind it has been the arrival of former Inter Milan and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Seedorf expects the Italian to be a massive influence for Milan in the coming seasons.

He has also said that the sale of several influential players has reduced to the strength in depth of Inter Milan.

“I believe that the arrival of Balotelli has been very important for Milan. He has shown great enthusiasm. Mario is doing very well, but I think he can still improve. I believe Milan are ready to do well in Italy and in Europe. Inter meanwhile, let many big players leave, and the team is suffering because of this. I think this is a year of transition,” said Seedorf. The 37-year-old has been a major influence in the Botafogo since his arrival just over a year ago. He almost helped them win the title last season.