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'I never fell out with Pirlo, but Seedorf drove me mad at Milan'

The Juve coach said the Netherlands international almost drove him to despair at the San Siro.

Allegri: “Seedorf wanted to discuss every detail and just talk, talk, talk.”
Allegri: “Seedorf wanted to discuss every detail and just talk, talk, talk.”

JUVENTUS COACH MASSIMILIANO Allegri has revealed that Clarence Seedorf ‘drove him up the wall’ during their time at Milan.

The two spent two seasons together at San Siro before Seedorf ended his decade with the club by joining Botafogo of Brazil in 2012.

And Allegri says the former Netherlands international’s obsessive desire to mull over every minor facet of the game almost led him to despair.

“Seedorf wanted to discuss every detail and just talk, talk, talk,” Allegri, who was ultimately sacked and replaced by the Dutchman in January 2014, told La Repubblica.

“He drove me up the wall. I’d say to him, ‘Clarence, if everyone behaved like you then I’d need a day with 700 hours in it’.”

Allegri, who led Juventus to a domestic double and Champions League final this season went on to dismiss suggestions he played a role in Andrea Pirlo’s departure from Milan in 2011.

Pirlo moved to Juve on a free transfer after the Rossoneri allowed his contract to expire and went on to star for the Old Lady as they marched to four consecutive Serie A titles.

“I never had any arguments with Pirlo,” Allegri said.

“The transfer to Juventus revitalised him psychologically and change can be cathartic. That season, my third with Milan, they no longer had Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

“It would’ve been tough for Andrea to do as well in that squad.”

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