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Eastlands is the stage for Saturday’s huge Manchester derby and Gavin Beech previews the big match.

Milan have denied reports that coach Leonardo has quit the club.

Rumours in Italy on Friday morning suggested Leonardo had cancelled his contract at the San Siro.

The Brazilian’s position has been the subject of much speculation after an indifferent campaign in his first season in charge, but the Rossoneri insist the former Milan player is staying put.

A statement on the Milan website read: “In reference to the news that was published today regarding an alleged contract cancellation, Milan coach Leonardo stresses that this must be considered as completely unfounded.”

Leonardo has been strongly linked with the Brazil job after this summer’s World Cup finals with Dunga expected to step down from the role.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani hopes Leonardo will resist overtures to become Brazil coach to stay at the San Siro.

“I have a good relationship with him,” Galliani told Corrieredellosport.it. “He’s young and talented and I hope the feelings will be more than contracts.

“I hope that sense for Milan will prevail one sense for his country (Brazil) because talking about work, AC Milan is his homeland”.

Eastlands is the stage for Saturday’s huge Manchester derby and Gavin Beech previews the big match.

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