Leader talks behind-the-scenes of negotiations with Seedorf and says ace regrets leaving Botafogo

O Botafogo shocked the entire world when he employed Seedorf in 2012. One of the folks liable for the negotiations was Andre Silva, then vp of soccer. In an interview with the “Glorioso Connection” podcast, he shared the small print of the lease.

– In 2012 I went to Milan with Mauricio (Assumpção, president), a former member of Serginho and José Renato, a soccer entrepreneur. Serginho made the bridge. We acquired a monetary contribution and began… Mauricio promised the participant that he would shut the airport, we began trying. One title we got here up with was Seedorf. They talked to Beckham, however we did not handle to speak to him. Carlos Alberto Torres made a bridge with Diego. I’m eternally grateful, I obtained the Botafogo bus. In the previous, one thing occurred between Volks and Bebet (from Freitas), Botafogo was the one membership in Rio that did not have its personal buses. We had the thought to deliver Diego, Mauricio would go to Germany, Carlos Alberto Torres would go alongside and put Mauricio within the Beckenbauer home. There is discuss Diego’s place, however the issue was the wage, he needed greater than Seedorf. We could not pay. Beckenbauer tried to assist, Maurício was with Diego, however in the long run it did not occur. Beckenbauer helped on the bus. Beckham was tough to achieve, he recalled.

– Seedorf got here, (Carlos Augusto) Montenegro additionally participated on this, I do not keep in mind how, I feel he known as me to speak about Serginho. We met with Serginho and José Renato, we set a technique, we now have a lot to barter. Serginho contacted Seedorf, gave Deborah (Martin), his supervisor’s cellphone quantity, requested for a time, then replied that he needed to see us. It was me, Mauricio, Serginho and José Renato. Seedorf requested us to be discreet as he had a contract with Milan and was going to play, he obtained tickets for us. We went to look at the sport, Seedorf was king. On Monday he made an appointment with us on the Seedorf Foundation, we went to a five-hour assembly the place he requested that all the things be accomplished in Portuguese. “Because I shall be enjoying in Brazil and I wish to get to know Portuguese much more.” He interprets all the things for Deborah, we current the challenge, he likes it very a lot, he’s hyperactive, he watches the adjustments within the challenge. There I used to be positive he would play for Botafogo. Nobody has a five-hour assembly if they aren’t excited about enjoying for the membership, particularly Seedorf. We stayed in Milan and waited for his reply, then he known as us, stated he had gone to speak to (Silvio) Berlusconi, who requested to remain for yet one more season. It was a chilly bathe on our heads. But he says he needs to play for Botafoga and suggests. “We have already reached the values, I settle for and conclude the next settlement: if I’m on the identical bodily stage, in soccer, let’s follow this settlement and I’ll go to Botafogo.” So we signed the pre-contract – stated.

However, André Silva didn’t stay in workplace till Seedorf arrived. It was beforehand closed by President Mauricio Assumpção. That stated, there may be extra behind the scenes from the Dutch at Botafogo.

– I go away midway, he will get upset, calls me for lunch. Lunch at 5 o’clock. And he was very upset as a result of they had been going to take out Anderson (Barros), who he actually appreciated. He says: “I’m already with out you, however now it will not work with out Anderson”. I spoke to Mauricio however he stated “I believed it was Anderson”. Seedorf has severe issues with Sidnei (Loureiro), who takes Anderson’s place. With Jefferson, there was mutual respect, however completely different factors of view. They put the membership above any disagreement. I’m very proud as a result of we received that recreation in opposition to Criciúma and virtually certified for the Libertadores, I used to be within the hall of the pitch speaking to the gamers and Seedorf was the final one. I used to be very excited to get Botafogo into the Libertadores. He got here to hug me and stated this to me, I swear I’m not saying this to make myself look large: “I needed everybody to know that I got here right here for you”. I’ve by no means instructed anybody that. Just now, Maíra (Ruas Justo), who’s Vasco’s psychologist, was our psychologist and grew to become very pleasant with Clarence, requested me why I by no means instructed anybody that he got here as a result of of me. I don’t care. The necessary factor is that he got here, performed and ended his profession at Botafogo, which I feel is poorly researched. We shot a business with him as an idol accomplice and we fought for his picture. I participated on this assembly. He even instructed me, “Why did you battle so arduous for the rights to the picture?” – revealed.

The former coach went on to say that Seedorf regretted leaving Botafogo in early 2014 to turn into Milan coach as an alternative of enjoying for the Libertadores at Glorios.

– Yes (he regretted). He was invited by Berlusconi, who was a visitor on the marriage ceremony and was adored. I spoke and stated that “Milan just isn’t in second”. He stated, “Silvio won’t ever ship me away”. ordered. He was very disenchanted, I do know that, he concluded.


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