Seedorf optimistic about AC Milan future

The Rossoneri boss says that he will be at the club for the long run, stressing that he did not orchestrate the team's current woes and that he is there to improve Milan.

Clarence Seedorf admits that there is a lot of work to do at AC Milan but is confident that he can deliver long-term improvements at the club.

After three straight defeats in all competitions, including a 4-1 loss at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, some reports in Italy had suggested that the Dutchman's job may be in jeopardy.

However, despite a planned protest by the club's ultras before the clash with Parma on Sunday - apparently directed against Mario Balotelli and CEO Adriano Galliani - the 37-year-old insisted that he remains unconcerned.

"How many times has a coach been at risk after a few months, despite signing a two-year contract?" the former Rossoneri midfielder told Milan TV. "I am not responsible for the situation that was created. I am here to improve the situation. I have a contract, the club has faith in me and I am trying to give my best. There is a lot of work to do here, so I am certain that with me the club will construct a strong Milan for future seasons.

"It doesn’t matter if you are not optimistic, because I am. When I got here, I did not find a team in good physical or psychological shape. We can't think everything will improve straight away. The players are improving but results have not been consistent, so that is what we are looking for now."

Unrest remains at the club, with striker Mario Balotelli having been subjected to a great deal of criticism from fans after Milan's 5-1 Champions League last-16 aggregate defeat to Atletico, but Seedorf stressed that he will deal with the player in a relaxed fashion.

"Do I use the carrot or the stick? I only use the carrot," he continued. "When there's the need to check on a situation, I do it, but my philosophy is to face everything with a smile. Will I punish him [Balotelli]? I want a rapport between adults, not between an adult and a child."

Milan sits 10th in Serie A with 35 points from 27 games.

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