AC Milan star Clarence Seedorf says there's a natural transition occurring within Leonardo's squad.
The Dutchman insists Milan's squad is seeing more young players being introduced this season.
Seedorf told TalkSport:
“It’s going to be a very natural transition. Old players today are 36, 37 – 30 is not old anymore because even (Ryan) Giggs is still flying over the field so people shouldn’t look at the age to see if somebody is finished or getting old in the game.
"Until physically and mentally the player is fit enough that’s what it’s all about and I think that Milan has proven that over the years with (Paolo) Maldini, with Cafu, with Serginho and still actually we have some players like (Giuseppe) Favalli who is 37 but performing greatly physically and of course we need to add some young players that we have already in the team but it needs times, it takes time and let’s say that the youngsters cannot be just dropped out there in front of the lion.
"A good combination of more experienced players and younger players is something that we need to have.”
Seedorf also is adamant that Milan will soon return to the top of the tree in Europe.
He added: "I think it’s a cycle. Spain has won now, has done well, the English squads are leading Europe over the last five years but Milan, looking back, has been very competitive over the last seven years except a year-and-a-half ago we weren’t competing in Europe but I think it will come back.
"This year I am seeing some changes already – the performance of Fiorentina for example – who in the other years were really timid and now they’re actually doing very well, Inter is doing good again and Milan is performing well. It goes by cycles I think.”