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Milan brush off Chelsea link : Ancelotti staying

AC Milan have reiterated coach Carlo Ancelotti intends to remain at the San Siro next season and brushed aside reports linking Cagliari coach Massimiliano Allegri with the Rossoneri hotseat.

Ancelotti has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, when temporary manager Guus Hiddink is due to leave the post to return to his full-time job of Russia head coach.

Speculation in Italy has placed Allegri as a possible successor to Ancelotti, but Milan insist there will be no vacancy.

"Milan has never contacted any coach with Carlo Ancelotti at the club," Milan general manager Adriano Galliani told the club's website.

"Ancelotti is under contract with us through June 30, 2010."

Ancelotti, for his part, has every intention of remaining at the club.

"Galliani spoke very clearly and I have nothing further to add," said the 49-year-old.

When asked about reports linking Allegri to AC Milan, Ancelotti added: "He will have to play the waiting game to coach here (AC Milan)... perhaps he could coach at Chelsea."

Allegri has done a fine job in his first season coaching in Serie A, with Cagliari having secured their Serie A status and currently seventh in the standings.

Ancelotti joined Milan in 2001 and guided the Rossoneri to Champions League success in 2003 and 2007 but has only managed to clinch one Scudetto in his seven-year spell.

Milan will end the season empty-handed but are on course to finish in the top three in Serie A as they lie third in the standings, four points clear of Genoa, with eight games remaining.


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