- 'My contract can wait' - Allegri focused on AC Milan clash with PSV09:52 | 20/08/2013
The Rossoneri coach remains tight-lipped over a possible extension of his deal as he urges his side to secure qualification for the Champions League.
AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has refused to discuss his contract renewal as his side prepare for their Champions League playoff clash with PSV.
The 46-year-old secured a place in the qualifying stages of Europe’s premier competition on the final day of last season, prompting the club to retain his services as head coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
With his long-term future at San Siro still uncertain, Allegri has stressed his sole focus is on progressing past their Dutch opponents to the Champions League group stage, and not on negotiating a new deal.
“Today, we do not talk about my contract renewal,” he told a press conference.
“We’re focused on the two games against PSV because there is a big difference between playing in the Champions League and the Europa League. We must do everything possible to get through the round.”
Milan enjoyed a strong second half to the previous season after initially struggling for form in Serie A and on the continent, and Allegri admits the summer departures of the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a telling effect on his side.
“Last year’s squad was totally dismembered. However, we have improved and we will try to go through against PSV and then hope to play a good Champions League and remain at the top in the league,” he continued.
“PSV play well technically, they have good players and a good collective. We have to be very aggressive and take advantage of our quality, especially going forward.
“[Kevin-Prince]Boateng, [Mario] Balotelli and [Stephan] El Shaarawy will be the strikers tomorrow against PSV. [Andrea] Petagna and [M’Baye] Niang will be on the bench.”
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