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I'll stay if Milan ask, says Ancelotti

Chelsea target Carlo Ancelotti insists he will remain the manager of AC Milan if the club ask him to stay at the San Siro.

Speculation has been rife that Ancelotti will leave for Stamford Bridge in the summer, and he is set to sit down on Monday with the Rossoneri directors to discuss his future.

Despite reports in Italy that the 52-year-old has already agreed a three-year contract with Chelsea and mutterings in the English press that he will receive a £50m war chest, Ancelotti claims he is happy to remain in Milan as long as the club want him.

The Italian also added that he has no plans to meet with Chelsea and club owner Roman Abramovich.

"My future will be much clearer for everyone after the meeting I will have with the Milan directors at the end of the season," said Ancelotti, whose current contract at the San Siro runs out next summer.

"The game against Fiorentina will not influence my choices or those of the club. It has zero impact on my future and only matters to get direct access to next season's Champions League.

"I don't have any meeting planned shortly with Abramovich. I have been learning English for two years and if the Milan directors ask me to stay, I will."

Milan are currently three points above Fiorentina in the standings but know that defeat against La Viola on Sunday would condemn them to the Champions League qualifying stages.

Former Chelsea and AC Milan defender Marcel Desailly does not think Ancelotti will head to Stamford Bridge and believes the club are using him as a stalking horse.

"I don't think Ancelotti will go to Chelsea," Desailly said. "For a start I think AC Milan will qualify for the Champions League next year and I am not really sure he has the desire to come to Chelsea.

"I think Chelsea are using the focus on him and have someone else in mind who they will bring in quietly at the right moment."

Desailly feels there is evidence to back up his theory given interim manager Guus Hiddink was brought in to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari in January at a time when talk of the Dutchman going to Chelsea - which had been plentiful in the past - had gone quiet.

"No-one was expecting Hiddink to come in," said Desailly. "Every time with Chelsea we make comments and assessments about who will come in, but they still surprise us."


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