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    AC Milan coach Allegri hopes to stay with club

    Milan: AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri insists that he hoped to stay at the club but the final word rests with owner Silvio Berlusconi. Allegri has been the focus of speculation about his destination of next season, reports Xinhua.

    "I hope to remain at Milan but it depends on president Berlusconi. He has the final word. I have always had a good rapport with the president regardless of what the newspapers said. He always puts his faith in me independently from some viewpoints we do not share. If they send me away, then that's another matter," Allegri said on Sunday.

    "I have a clear idea on what I want to do next season but what really irritated me was this collection of reports on things that do not exist. It shows lack of respect for the other coaches. I haven't signed a three-year contract with Roma. I am an honest person and if I'd been in talks with other clubs, I certainly would've alerted by employers."

    Meanwhile, Milan striker Mario Balotelli has urged his club to hold on to Massimiliano Allegri as the senior team head coach. Balotelli scored a last-gasp winner, his ninth goal in 10 games, as the Milan side beat Torino and moved four points clear in third place.

    "When I got here, Allegri was in-charge and we get on really well. I hope he stays as I'm really happy with him. If I were the club, I'd do everything to keep hold of him. I am just one of the players here and we all contribute. I was unable to get into gear today and it was a bad performance but eventually we managed to get the points," Balotelli said on Sunday.

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