Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf has declared that he is retiring playing professional football to become the new head coach of AC Milan, according to the Daily Mail.
The former midfielder, who is in his second season at Brazilian club Botafogo, was the leading candidate to replace Massimiliano Allegri, who was sacked on Monday.
"Considering my relationship with the (Milan) president (Silvio Berlusconi), when he called me yesterday I couldn't say no after 10 years spent there (at Milan)," Seedorf said.
He added: "This experience in the last year and a half has made me grow a lot and will help me in my next step, which will be as Milan coach."
Seedorf joined Liga do Brasil side Botafogo in 2012 after a 10-year career at the Milan, who have yet to confirm his appointment as boss.
"I am retiring from football after 22 years," he continued.
"It has been a difficult night but I am satisfied by what I've achieved in my career and what I've done at Botafogo. My aim is to dream again. I wish Botafogo and my team-mates the best.
"The level has increased thanks to everyone and I'm certain that the club will be able to remain at a high level."
Seedorf inherits a team that currently resides a worrying 30 points behind league leaders Juventus just half-way through this Serie A campaign, after Sunday's 4-3 defeat at Sassuolo, the result which saw former boss Allegri's three-and-a-half-year spell ended.
Seedorf could make his coaching debut on Sunday evening at home to Hellas Verona, which would be his first ever match as manager of a club. The expectation will then no doubt be heaped on his shoulders to return Milan to their former glory.
The 37-year-old has no managerial experience, although former AC Milan coach and current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn't believe that will be a problem.
"It's not the first time that Milan would make a choice like this one," Ancelotti said before Seedorf's announcement.
"It happened with Arrigo Sacchi and with Fabio Capello and in both occasions, things went very well.
"I know Clarence very well as he was one of my players and has always shown great personality. I believe that he has the knowledge and the capacity to do anything he wants in football.
"He would face a new experience in a club he knows very well and this is important. I wish Milan and Seedorf the best of luck."
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