The top-level of football and settling in when I started came naturally to me. That is the environment I am more familiar with. Deciding on Milan, and being their coach seems easy to me as a first-timer. All you need is confidence in your capabilities and you are prepared.
In 2014, when I received the offer from the president, I felt I had been more prepared for this role than any other role I had in the past, since leaving Milan. When I left Milan to play for Brazil, the president told me how he sees me, one day returning to coach for Milan. Even I never speculated myself returning so soon.
I had always been curious about this job and whether I was aware of it or not I needed this job. I was very observant of my coach Louis van Gaal during my time at Ajax. Later when I enrolled in coaching courses, I could pick with very detail, how every coach that taught me played their part.
As a player, I always acted as the field coach, hence my increased collaboration with coaches. I had the leadership qualities and an interest in the strategies of the game. I had always been very observant of the people especially the players around me. How their conflicts need to support or else are reflected in their game. As a coach, I believe it is important to solve these issues to avoid bigger problems. This is why I feel this job is an extension of my role as a player.
I believe that the privilege of me playing around the world has given me greater insights and the room to adapt. My time in Brazil had consisted of me, close to my coach, doing team as well as individual analysis. My completion of coaching courses meant I could picture myself as one shortly.
The call from the president made me realize how being in the field and experiencing more football fans did not matter to me anymore, hence my decision to come to help Milan.