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Abbiati to extend Milan deal

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati is set to sign a new contract with the Serie A side, club vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed.

The 35-year-old’s contract expires in June, but after keeping a clean sheet in the slender 1-0 win over Torino on Sunday, Galliani stressed that he would not be leaving San Siro any time soon.

“It was a tough game and one that we could have lost,” Galliani said. “All credit to Abbiati who in my opinion saved our skins.
“He was the best player on the pitch. He’ll be here next year for sure. He has a lifetime policy here. He’s the kind of keeper who saves results as well as shots.”

Milan are now four points clear of Fiorentina in the race for the final UEFA Champions League spot, but Galliani has set his sights higher for next season and is hoping the same squad can compete with runaway Serie A winners Juventus.

“We didn’t play well, especially in the first half. Now we have a four point-lead on Fiorentina and we have to win two of the remaining three games to be sure of third place,” he added.

“I think third place is absolutely the best result possible given our start to the season.

“Credit to Juventus for their title win. They won by some distance. But we’re already competitive. There may be some changes here and there, but the team will be more or less as it is.”
Mon 6 May, 2013
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