AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, who scored the only goal of the game in the latest Milan derby, said that the club need to retain the services of Clarence Seedorf into next season as well. The Dutchman was appointed as the replacement for manager Massimiliano Allegri midway through the season. However, his appointment has not exactly worked according to plan after the team crashed out of the Champions League in the quarter-final stage, while they have also been slipping down the league table as well.
The recent run of form, though, has helped the club get back into contention for a top five finish. Prior to the defeat against Roma last week, Milan had won five consecutive matches. This has put them only a couple of points behind Inter Milan, who occupy the fifth place. This will be the final qualifying spot for the Europa league. It is understood that the club has made it a priority to finish in this position. However, there have been rumours that Seedorf could be sacked before the end of the season. AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani is reportedly in favour of making former striker Filippo Inzaghi as the new manager.
Nigel de Jong, though, gave his backing for Seedorf to continue as the manager.
“This victory is for Seedorf. People talked too much about his position this week, but he is very important for the squad. This game was doubly important. Everyone saw in recent weeks how tough it was for our team, so it was fantastic to win and we must continue along this path for Europe. We have never given up, so we have to carry on and I believe we can get a place in the Europa League,” said the midfielder after the 1-0 win over Inter Milan.