Ancelotti backs Inzaghi

  • Last Updated: May 27 2014, 15:19 BST

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has given his backing to former player Filippo Inzaghi, who could become the next coach of AC Milan.

Inzaghi: Set for Milan job
Inzaghi: Set for Milan job

Reports in Italy claim the Rossoneri will dismiss current coach Clarence Seedorf after just four months in charge and promote youth-team manager Inzaghi in his place.

Milan finished a disappointing eighth in Serie A and failed to qualify for European football next season for the first time in 16 years.

"Pippo (Inzaghi) has extraordinary enthusiasm," Ancelotti said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "A great will to do well and he has already gained experience in the youth sector.

"He certainly has all the characteristics to do so (become coach).

"He is known at the club and if he does become AC Milan coach, I wish him all the best."

Seedorf replaced sacked Massimiliano Allegri in January and led Milan to 11 wins in 19 league matches.

The Dutchman, who had no prior coaching experience, has two years left on his contract with Milan.

Inzaghi spent 11 seasons playing for Milan, where he won two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies, before retiring in 2012.

The 40-year-old, who is the club's top scorer in international competition with 43 goals, has been in charge of the youth team for the past two campaigns.