Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated his desire to remain as manager of Milan for the foreseeable future.
The Italian continues to be linked with a summer switch to Chelsea, with the Blues expected to part company with caretaker boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the season.
The Serie A outfit look set to end a second successive season without a trophy, but Ancelotti insists he remains the best person to take the club forward.
“If things were not to work between me and Milan as they have done in the past years, I think it would be fair for the two parties to embrace, say goodbye and remember with affection these past eight years,” he said.
“But I don’t think that time has come because the harmony between us is complete, even though the season has certainly not been a positive one.”
Ancelotti believes the continuing global economic crisis has hit Italian clubs harder than most, but is confident that Milan can return to former glories in the not too distant future.
“It’s logical that if Milan has had a drop in form and that the team needs to be renewed, we need to evaluate this situation together,” Ancelotti added.
“Not many clubs, including Milan, can afford to make huge investments at this time, considering that Italian teams suffer more than other teams in other nations like Spain or England (because of taxation).
“But this is an issue that can be tackled together and we can find a solution together.”
Ancelotti is currently the longest serving manager in the Italian top flight, having been in charge at Milan since 2001.