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ALLEGRI CLOSE TO SACK

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has rejected speculation that he will be leaving the club at the end of this season.

The manager has come under intense pressure after failing to progress past the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, while the club also looks set to lose the Italian Serie A title to Juventus.

However, many regard this season to be a success given that they faced Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Further, Juventus have been undefeated in the season, as the extraordinary decision to let Pirlo leave the club in the summer looks even more baffling.

There have been rumours that Massimiliano Allegri would be sacked in the summer in order to make way for a new coach. However, the manager rejected such rumours by saying that he will be staying with Milan for the next two years, as he has a contract with the club.

Allegri was celebrated in various quarters only last season after leading AC Milan to the title following many years of domination in the Italian Serie A by Inter Milan. AC Milan are currently three points behind leaders Juventus at the top of the table, while they will have a crucial Milan derby in a fortnight.

"I've only just started working here and since I arrived the team has changed a lot, which is a journey that will continue until 2014. I have an excellent relationship with Berlusconi while I work every day with Galliani and over the last two years we've had some excellent results. However, it's the club that will decide but I feel good at Milan. Berlusconi has told me not to think about what's being said," said Allegri ahead of the match with Atalanta on Wednesday night. Juventus will be playing against Lecce, who are in the relegation zone.