Van Basten not set for Milan

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Marco van Basten looks to have ruled himself out of taking charge at AC Milan this summer.

Injury rules Dutch legend out of San Siro reckoning

Marco van Basten looks to have ruled himself out of taking charge at AC Milan this summer. The legendary former Rossoneri striker is currently out of work following spells in charge of Holland and Ajax. With the pressure continuing to mount on current incumbent Leonardo, Van Basten has been touted as the favourite for the post. But the Dutchman has revealed that a long-standing injury would scupper any hopes he could be ready to take charge. "I'm not ready to become Milan coach, because I have an ankle problem," Van Basten revealed. "To be a coach, in my opinion you must be free, especially on your mind, and now I have a problem to solve in my ankle. "Before solving this I can't do that job." Van Basten did admit he was open to the premise of a return to Milan. "Me at Milan? I've read it too and it surely would be a good idea, I'm really close with Milan, with the management and supporters," he admitted. "But in this moment I have too many problems with the ankle, and it wouldn't be right limping on the training ground."

A year on

He also insisted that he had not talked with anyone at Milan, while admitting in 12 months' time he would be interested. "I haven't spoken with anyone, but I've heard this news, here in Italy and Holland," he said. "I have about it, but in this moment it wouldn't be right to go forward with it. In a year's time? Maybe. I must firstly solve my ankle problems, then, everything is possible." One other name mentioned as a successor to Leonardo is his assistant Mauro Tassotti, and Van Basten has backed him. "I'm convinced that Mauro Tassotti will be a big coach, he is a very experienced man," he said. "At Milan he knows people, and the Milan culture. I think he's able to manage a team like Milan." Tassoti himself has spoken about the news, but he was coy on the possibility. "Milan bench? I don't know," he said. "I have trouble in answering this. Anyone who is a coach would coach Milan. Who wouldn't like to coach Milan? "I would like it too, but who wouldn't? "Leonardo is still Milan coach. Within a week he will probably say something, and maybe it would be possible to say something else about the situation."

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