Jaap Stam has agreed a one-year contract extension to his Milan deal which will keep him at the club until 2007.

Though Stam has missed a number of matches through injury, his partnership with Alessandro Nesta, has been rock solid.

Stam’s performance in the 1-0 victory over his former club Manchester United, was praised by his coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“We have been good in defence,” said Ancelotti. “Stam, too, has been important.”