'Milan have suffered enough' - Seedorf

The Dutchman, who is set to be officially presented as the new Rossoneri coach this week, says he wants to restore success to San Siro
Clarence Seedorf says he has a "duty" to end AC Milan's suffering this season and rescue them from the lower reaches of Serie A.

The Dutchman, who spent a silverware-laden decade at San Siro as a player, has been all but confirmed as Massimiliano Allegri's successor and is expected to be officially presented in the coming days having arrived in Italy.

Whilst the Rossoneri beat Spezia 3-1 on Wednesday to seal their spot against Udinese in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, Seedorf stressed his desire to return the club to their former glories.

"At this moment I feel excitement and a sense of duty," he told the Milan Channel. "It's my duty to give 100 per cent to rebuild and restore enthusiasm and security, which there should be here.

"[Former team-mate] Kaka and I are pleased that in a different way we have the chance to re-do things with the Rossoneri.

"The idea is to reconstruct the cycle of success. I hope we can because Milan have suffered enough."

Milan caretaker coach Mauro Tassotti also played down the significance of Seedorf's lack of experience as a coach, with the midfielder hanging up his boots at Botafogo to take over the reins at San Siro.

He told Rai Sport: "Clarence only just stopped playing a couple of days ago, so some might say he has no experience as a coach.

"Others will point out he has played at the highest level for so long that he knows everything he needs to."

Milan's next clash is at home to high-flying promoted club Hellas Verona, which could see Seedorf unveiled at San Siro if his role is confirmed and secured by Sunday.