Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated his desire to remain manager of Milan next season, but only if the team qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
The former Juventus boss has been the subject of persistent rumours regarding his future with some reports suggesting that he is being lined up to replace Juande Ramos at Real Madrid.
“My wish is to remain at Milan,” Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I have always maintained that in order to go forward, two sides need to be in agreement and I am.
“That is, as long as we finish third to qualify for the Champions League.
“My aim, I repeat so that everyone understands, is to coach Milan next season. I haven’t found a good reason to leave Milan.
“I feel well here and I want to stay for a long time.”
Despite the club sitting third, four points ahead of Genoa in fifth, they find themselves 14 points behind leaders and city rivals Inter, but Ancelotti remains optimistic about the future.
“With Kaka and (Alexandre) Pato, Milan can push on to have great seasons. Ricky (Kaka) will stay.”
Meanwhile former Milan star Leonardo, now the club’s sporting director, has refused to rule out taking over from Ancelotti at some point in the future.
“Coaching Milan? Anything is possible,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“My relationship with the club is extraordinary and I am very satisfied with what I do.
“I believe that anything is possible, but decisions have to be taken with calm.
“Today, Carlo Ancelotti is the one who manages and I have an excellent relationship with him.
“But I have no idea of what the future holds.”