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Milan boss Seedorf has no problem with Honda

AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf insists he does not have a problem with Keisuke Honda.

The Rossoneri boss replaced the Japanese playmaker with leading goalscorer Mario Balotelli in the 54th minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Lazio in Rome as they chased a much-needed victory.

Honda was quick to question Seedorf as to why he had been hooked so early in the second half especially seeing as he was creating the majority of the opportunities for Milan.

Nevertheless, Seedorf made the move and said after the match that the former CSKA Moscow star was simply replaced in order to find another scoring avenue as they pursued a first win in five matches in all competitions.

"He played well," Seedorf said. "I wanted a second goal and so I put on another attacker.

"It was a strategic decision, not a problem with him."

Since arriving from Russia in January, Honda has started seven times for nine Serie A appearances while scoring his first goal for Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter-final win over Spezia in his full debut on January 15.

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