Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti doubts that the Serie A club can lure Steven Gerrard to the San Siro next season.
Quizzed ahead of a friendly match against a Hungarian league team, Ancelotti said he believed that the midfielder could not be tempted into leaving Anfield.
“I think Steven Gerrard is an outstanding player but I doubt that he’d leave Liverpool,” Ancelotti told Hungarian sports daily Nemzeti Sport.
“We’re eyeing many players but it would be too soon to mention any names before the end of the season.”
Ancelotti’s future at the San Siro has been the source of speculation, with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid rumoured to be interested, but he expects to be with Milan next season.
He said: “I think I am going to stay. This is my own and my club’s intention too. Although this is still an open question and I can’t confirm anything.”
Asked about the relative failure of Italian clubs in Europe this season, Ancelotti thinks Serie A is suffering because it does not generate the same kind of money as the Premier League.
He added: “The distance is big especially from the English clubs and I think this is because of the financial differences.
“This is a simple case: if you have more money then you can buy better and competitive players.
“We must find the way which leads Italian football back to the highest stage where we can be worthy opponents of the English rivals.”