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May 21, 2009

Milan hope to clarify Ancelotti's future on Monday

The future of AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti could be resolved on Monday.

Milan will secure an automatic return to the Champions League for next season should they beat AS Roma on Sunday, which was the number one goal given to the coach earlier this season.

If Milan do secure one of the top three places, it is possible he will remain at the helm despite the club's domestic trophy drought which stretches back to the scudetto in 2004.

The Italian giants have won the Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup since then, but putting an end to Inter's domination of Serie A now seems paramount.

Milan were the powerhouses in the early 1990s, winning the title in four out of five seasons. But they have just two scudettos to their name since the last of those successes in 1996.

Ancelotti has been courted by Chelsea for some time, with the Premier League outfit on the hunt for a new manager once Guus Hiddink returns to full-time duties with Russia after the FA Cup final on May 30.

"I hope to say something on Monday because it will mean we have achieved direct qualification," executive director Adriano Galliani told reporters on Thursday.

Former Netherlands coach Marco van Basten, Milan director Leonardo and Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri are the front-runners to take over should he choose to leave the San Siro.

"I have never spoken to any coaches and I challenge anyone to show the contrary," Galliani added. "We have never thought about any (other) coaches. Let's allow the championship to finish and we'll see."

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