Clarence Seedorf - who has been opposed to the idea of Milan signing Ronaldinho - has given an indication that he is prepared to play in the Premier League before the end of his career.
The 32-year-old AC Milan midfielder has had a long and distinguished career with a number of Europe’s top clubs - Ajax, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Internazionale and ultimately, Milan.
However, in an interview with BBC Radio, Seedorf revealed that he once turned down the opportunity to play in England, but admitted that he has not yet ruled out the possibility.
He said: "I'd always love to come and play in the Premier League, but things just don't happen like that. I've never touched the Premier League yet, but let's say you never know.
“Opportunities come and go, when I was close to coming to England with Manchester United or Arsenal when I was at Sampdoria I went to Real Madrid.
He went on to praise the state of the Premier League, adding: "You cannot be everywhere, I've been playing in Spain and Italy. For now I'm in Italy and I'm always following with a very special eye the movements in the Premier League because at the moment it's an example for everybody."
It is common knowledge that the Dutchman is opposed to the club signing Barcelona star Ronaldinho, and that the comments come just as Milan intensify their push for the Brazilian is not being taken as a coincidence.
Seedorf was omitted from Marco Van Basten’s Euro 2008 squad at his own request, and has spent his summer doing charity work with his campaign Goal4Africa.
The Suriname-born playmaker is organising an all-star game, The Global Kick Off Event, on July 12 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, and has the backing of some of the world’s top performers.
He continued: "I've talked to John Terry and he was very keen. Andrei Shevchenko said yes already, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard, but Ryan Babel unfortunately got injured.
"Sergio Ramos, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gatuso and Alessandro Nesta are all very keen to come. We know of course there are responsibilities for their teams, as they all have to train. So I'm also asking all the coaches at all the clubs to help free the players to come and play this match and help this project and make a difference for a lot of kids."