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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 May, 2003, 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK
Ancelotti makes Milan pledge
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini lifts the European Cup
Milan captain Paolo Maldini lifts the European Cup
Carlo Ancelotti pledged his future to AC Milan after leading the Italian giants to their sixth European Cup.

The Milan boss has been linked with other big clubs around Europe after leading his beloved club to Wednesday's Champions League final, where they beat Juventus 3-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

It was a sweet victory for Ancelotti, who was sacked by Juventus in 2001 but has now claimed football's biggest club prize in his first season back at the San Siro.

The man who also won the trophy with Milan as a player said he was simply looking forward to celebrating.

"It's party time," he said.

To win the Champions League so early in my coaching career is a dream come true
AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti

"To win the Champions League so early in my coaching career is a dream come true.

"I love Milan and while I might get linked with other jobs I am really happy here. I am so pleased we can add this trophy to the ones the club has already won."

Milan's victory meant Clarence Seedorf became the first player to win the European Cup with three different teams.

Seedorf lifted the trophy as a teenager with Ajax against Milan in 1995 and again with Real Madrid in 1998 at the expense of Juve.

"It's just incredible. I don't have the words to explain it," said the Dutch midfielder.

What can I say? It went terribly badly
Marcello Lippi

"During the whole season in the Champions League we have done a fantastic job.

"The atmosphere for the final was great in a great stadium. It was a great game played by two great teams but I believe Milan deserved to win as we had the best chances."

Seedorf missed a penalty in the shoot-out and believes the game should not have beeen decided from the spot.

"The penalties were like they always are," he said. "

"I hope they change it so that we play on until we fall down exhausted on the field as I think that's the most honest way to finish a game."

Milan captain Paolo Maldini was playing in his sixth European Cup final, 40 years after his father Cesare helped them to their first success in the competition in 1963.

"To lift the cup as captain is a huge joy for me," said Maldini.

"To be here again so many years after the first one [in 1989], and to follow in my father's footsteps is something really special."

Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi said: "It's been a tough year for Milan at times, but this makes up for it.

"I don't have any words to describe how I feel at the moment."






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