The 32-year-old AC Milan midfielder telephoned Van Basten on Monday evening to inform him he was declining the invitation.
"I was surprised by his announcement," said Van Basten. "I have told Clarence that I have much respect for him as a person and as a football player. But his decision was not going to be reversed."
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