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Seedorf: I left AC Milan because of Allegri

Ex-AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has taken aim at under-fire Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Clarence Seedorf has joined the growing chorus of criticism for embattled AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The Dutch midfield star left San Siro in 2012 after a decade and 300 appearances and joined Brazilian club Botafogo.

And in a candid interview, the Dutch international explained his true reasons for quitting a club where he was a cult figure.

"The reason I left Milan is Allegri," Seedorf said in an interview with SporTV. "There wasn't any chemistry between us.

"Allegri played me in the big games against the likes of Juventus and Barcelona and then would put me on the bench for the next four.

"As a result everyone thought I wasn't in good physical shape, but that wasn't the case."

Seedorf used the examples of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs to explain his situation.

"They continued to play week in, week out and so remained key figures for United. The truth is that when you get a little older you need to play regularly to stay in shape, but Allegri didn't let me.

"It was a disgrace and I say that also with regards to what happened to Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta, who were forced to retire."

Recently there has been speculation that Seedorf could be approached to replace Allegri on the Milan bench should the Diavolo continue to languish in mid-table.

"I'm finishing off a coaching course with the Dutch Football Association," Seedorf revealed. "I'm preparing myself for coaching but nothing has happened yet.

"I want to continue playing for Botafogo at least until the end of the year but I'm not setting any time limits. However, I do know that when I retire I want to be a coach."

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