Milan have confirmed that they hope to sign Hernan Crespo on a permanent basis from Chelsea.

The Argentinian striker is spending the season on loan at San Siro after being loaned out by Jose Mourinho.

Crespo has been finding the back of a net on a regular basis in recent months, culminating in the goals which knocked Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League.

Yesterday, Crespo claimed that he had been phoned by Mourinho and informed that he still had a part to play with Chelsea.

But Milan have been trying to secure a permanent move for the striker.

“The will to keep Crespo with us isn’t under discussion,” stated Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.

“With Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich we have a really good relationship and I wish it to be possible to find an agreement.

“I reaffirm our intention to keep Crespo but there isn’t a doubt that he’s owned by Mr Abramovich.”