AC Milan legend Rino Gattuso has backed Clarence Seedorf's appointment.

Gattuso feels Seedorf can be a long-term prospect at Milan.

"It's not right that Seedorf is always considered to be at risk, but a club like Milan has to be in Europe.

"I have a great rapport with President Silvio Berlusconi. Every time he came to Milanello, he'd fire us up and tell us never to abandon the ball. We must always have it at our feet.

"He'd come into the locker room and was always very respectful with everyone. In that sense, he was impeccable. I hope they give him a youth team to coach!"