Silvio Berlusconi rules out Andrea Pirlo sale

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AC Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has put an end to speculation linking Andrea Pirlo with a move away from the San Siro by taking the midfielder off the market.

The Italy international, who is under contract with Milan until June 2012, has been a reported target of Chelsea ever since the arrival of former Rossoneri coach Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Berlusconi had a meeting with coach Leonardo and vice-president Adriano Galliani where it was decided the club opted not to sell the 30-year-old to the Blues.

Berlusconi told reporters at Milanello: "Andrea Pirlo is officially off the market and will stay with us.

"We have received important offers, but he's staying with Milan.

"That was the main request of our coach Leonardo and Andrea will remain our central midfielder."

Speaking to Milan Channel, Pirlo is also delighted at Milan's stance.

He said: "Today is a great day. I am very happy to be able to end my career here.

"This is thanks to the president Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and Leonardo who have given me the possibility to end my career here by taking me off the market.

"When they told me the news I was very happy, finally the saga of this summer is over and I can continue my adventure with the Rossoneri.

"There was a possibility of changing teams but in the end the club and I agreed to continue together and we are all happier.

"It was a turbulent summer with many doubts but in the end my family are happy to stay in Milan."

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