Monday, 10th February, 2014

AC Milan have played down an apparent leadership rift involving Clarence Seedorf and club owner Silvio Berlusconi following Saturday's heavy defeat.

Milan went down 3-1 to Napoli – Seedorf's first league defeat – and Berlusconi is rumoured to have criticised the manager.

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The Italian politician was understood to have given vent to his feelings to Milan chief Adriano Galliani, over subjects such as Seedorf's tactics.

However, Galliani was today quoted by Sky Italia as saying: "There has been no criticism from Berlusconi of the work of Seedorf."


Following the defeat, Milan dropped to 11th in the Serie A table, in a season littered with below-par displays.

Seedorf's appointment had come after Milan were beaten 4-3 by relegation-threatened Sassuolo, and he led them to two wins and a draw before Saturday's result.

However, that run also saw a Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat to Udinese wedged in between, shortly before the close of the winter transfer window.

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