Milan have revealed that they will not be selling any more of their big name players.

The club have already lost striker Andrii Shevchenko and been stripped of their place in the Champions League, while they will also start the new Serie A campaign with a 15-point deficit as punishment for their part in the match-fixing scandal. There were fears that the punishment might force the sale of several players, but the club have reiterated their desire to retain their big names.

“The place that Milan holds in millions of hearts in Italy, Europe and all over the world is really special,” read a statement released on the club’s official website.

“It is correct to reaffirm that, after Shevchenko’s exit, there will not be others.

“Milan want to underline publicly to everyone, that, without exception, contracts are there to be respected.

“There could be changes in a few areas because of the current situation, but nothing that could affect the first team.

“Seeing Shevchenko leave has already caused us a lot of sadness and it will not be repeated.”

The likes of Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka have all been linked with moves away from the San Siro, and despite the assurances offered by the club, their supporters will face an anxious few weeks in the run up to the new season.