AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Clarence Seedorf is one of the candidates to replace Massimiliano Allegri as coach at the end of the season.
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The former Milan midfielder, who is still contracted to Botafogo until the summer, is widely expected to end his playing days and become coach of the Serie A side in July, when Allegri has already confirmed he will be leaving.
When asked if Seedorf was in pole position to take over, Galliani said with a smile: "Let's just say he's in position."
However, in an interview on Mediaset television, Galliani played down the significance of his meeting with the Dutchman in Brazil over the Christmas period.
"I saw Seedorf in Brazil just like I see him every year," he said. "We're friends and we go to the same places. Let's just get to the end of the current season, and then we'll see who will be in charge of Milan next year."
Allegri last week confirmed he will be leaving Milan regardless of how the second half of the season unfolds. "We have had four fantastic years together, but it was something we had agreed, so we already knew [he will be leaving]," Galliani said.
Seedorf could face competition for the Milan hotseat from former Udinese and Roma coach Luciano Spalletti. On a visit to Florence on Tuesday, the current Zenit St. Petersburg coach said: "I've not had any call from Milan, but from a coach's perspective, you've got to say that now would be a positive time to join Milan.
"You could start a new cycle and everybody knows there are lots of things to change. I had Milan down as rivals to Juventus, but I was wrong because they need some more big signings."