Clarence Seedorf has admitted his relationship with former boss Massimiliano Allegri “wasn’t one of the best”.
The 37-year-old joined Brazilian side Botafogo from Italian giants AC Milan last year following 10 successful years at the San Siro.
But Seedorf revealed one of the main reasons behind his exit was that AC Milan manager Allegri created an uncertainty around the former Netherlands international’s fitness.
"My relationship with Allegri wasn't one of the best," he told sports show Redacao. "Not because of anything personal, but he made me play all the important matches, against Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, Inter, and then I'd sit on the bench for four games.
"It wasn't a matter of age. When you train constantly and you play frequently, you keep yourself fit.
"He made people question whether I was fit to play. It wasn't a matter of age. When you train constantly and you play frequently, you keep yourself fit.
"[Paul] Scholes and [Ryan] Giggs were protagonists for Manchester United until last year. What happened to me was a shame."
However, Seedorf admitted he has found ‘joy’ in Brazil and has refused to put a date on when he will finally retire from the game.
"I knew I needed some time to adapt to Brazil, but for me, having a new motivation was really important," said the 37-year-old. "In my case, I needed to move on with joy, and I found it here in Brazil.
"I'm not putting a limit on anything. There's nothing concrete about it [retirement].
"You will know when I know. My focus right now is to play for Botafogo at least until the end of the year."