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AC Milan midfielder De Jong happy to do defensive work

AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong is happy with his role in coach Max Allegri's plans.

De Jong enjoys the defensive side of the game.

"Another player may score a great goal or do a fine bit of skill," he told NuSport. "But I prefer a tackle or recovering the ball.

"This aspect of the game is appreciated a lot more abroad than it is in the Netherlands.

"It is something that brings balance to the team and should be seen as a positive.

"I like to do the dirty work - that's my role."

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