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Van Basten silent on future


MARCO van Basten has refused to comment on rumours that he will replace Leonardo as manager of AC Milan.

Leonardo is reportedly ready to resign or be forced out at the end of the current campaign after a falling-out with owner Silvio Berlusconi. And speculation is already rampant over who the Brazilian’s successor will be, with former Holland boss van Basten being touted as the prime candidate.

The 45-year-old Dutchman is a revered figure with the Rossoneri after his time spent playing for Milan. But van Basten, who has travelled to Italy for a charity event, insists that he will not discuss his possible future at the club until the end of the Serie A season.

“Me being Milan coach? We will talk about this when the time is right, now it isn’t,” he told Telelombardia. “Milan are still playing in the league. I will say nothing, it’s not right. I am always happy here in Milan, but the supporters must think about the league. You say Berlusconi would prefer me? I don’t know.”

Van basten, a former player of AC Milan was signed by Silvio Berlusconi in 1987 with fellow countrymen Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard joining in 1988. In his first season, Milan won their first Scudetto in eight years, but van Basten played only 11 games and was constantly troubled by an ankle injury.

In 1988/89 season, van Basten won the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s top footballer. He scored 19 goals in Serie A and scored two goals in the final of European Cup as Milan triumphed against Steaua Bucureti. Van Basten scored 25 league goals, and became Capocannoniere again in the 1993/94 season.

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