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David Beckham has won incredible praise from AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, while Ronaldinho has been castigated for his reliance on ability alone to push him through games.

Carlo Ancelotti believes that David Beckham is technically and tactically better than Kaka and has told Ronaldinho that he should learn from Paolo Maldini and Clarence Seedorf.

The AC Milan coach was in frank and forthright mood when he explained why is so keen to keep Beckham at the San Siro, and how the player has improved since his days at Manchester United.

While the Rossoneri continue to try and prise the England midfielder away from LA Galaxy on a permanent basis, Ancelotti has not held back in his praise.

"He made a good impression on me with his performance and character," he told French football magazine, So Foot.

"On the field Beckham is the first to see everything. His vision is better now than when he played at Manchester United.

"He is slower than Kaka, but he is tactically and technically better and is also very intelligent and hard working."

Ronaldinho was next in line for Ancelotti's critical analysis, and the coach stated that the Brazilian should use Maldini and Seedorf as examples of how to be professional.

"Players like him do everything based on talent. I have trained a variety of magnificent players and the majority think that they can make the difference with their talent alone," he continued.

"That is not true In the modern game if you do not stay in great physical condition and are not working in training then it is hard to shine during matches.

"Maldini has been a professional for 20 years and has never ever complained while training.

"[Seedorf] is one of the most important players. He is like a 4x4 and wherever he plays he never loses his level. He always does his job very well."

Ancelotti then explained that Yourri Gourcuff may not return to AC Milan after his loan spell with Bordeaux finishes in the summer, but admitted that only psychological problems prevented him from making it at the club.

"I do not know if he will come back to Milan. He is a good player, but he had problems. He wanted to prove himself a lot and that hindered what he gave to the side," he added.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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