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Football: Milan, Allegri deny Roma reports

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AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied newspaper reports linking him with a move to fellow Serie A club Roma as speculation continues that one of the Rossoneri's former stars could take over at the San Siro.

Reports last week claimed club owner Silvio Berlusconi favoured replacing Allegri with former midfielder Clarence Seedorf, who has no coaching experience and is still contracted to Brazilian club Botafogo.

Then, former Milan midfielder Mark Van Bommel, also still playing football and the captain at PSV Eindhoven, was linked with the coaching job.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper claimed Saturday that Allegri had signed a three-year contract to take over at Roma from next season.

Milan immediately issued a statement categorically denying the report.

"AC Milan categorically deny what was published today in the Corriere della Sera regarding its coach Massimiliano Allegri," read the statement.

Doubts over Allegri's future at the Serie A giants, however, refuse to go away.

Two years after leading the club to the Scudetto and a year after finishing as runners-up behind Juventus, Allegri's future is likely to hinge on whether Milan claim the third and final Champions League spot.

Ahead of Sunday's visit of Torino, Milan sit third, which offers Champions League football through a preliminary qualifying round, but are only one point ahead of Fiorentina with four games remaining.

In his pre-match press conference on Saturday, Allegri said he had no intention of leaving: "What happened today is similar to what happened last Saturday.

"Only last Saturday they pulled out a name for the new Milan coach and this week, they pulled a name for the Roma position.

"I have a contract here and what has been written is only an inference."

Milan endured their worst ever start to a league campaign this season but fought their way back in recent months.

Allegri admitted: "Third place would be a big result and I would compare it to a title win.

"Finishing fourth would a be a bitter pill to swallow and I don't even what to think about it."

Allegri pledged that Berlusconi and club CEO Adriano Galliani would be informed first of all if he does decide to leave.

"I'm disappointed to read that I've already accepted the Roma job," added Allegri.

"I'm an honest person and if anything like that happens, the first people to hear about it will be Galliani and Berlusconi."

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