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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Shevchenko will not leave Milan
Andriy Shevchenko
Shevchenko is one of the most highly-rated strikers in the world
AC Milan's Andriy Shevchenko insisted he is happy at the club, quashing rumours he may leave after a training ground row with coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The incident led to speculation the Ukrainian striker could soon be on his way to Premiership champions Chelsea.

But the 29-year-old said: "If Milan wanted to sell me I wouldn't leave. I have no intention of leaving this club.

"Milan wants me and I want Milan, that is enough for me," added the former Dynamo Kiev player.

Chelsea reportedly had a 57m bid for the forward turned down this summer.

At the time Shevchenko said he was happy to stay - but then Milan bought strikers Christian Vieri and Alberto Gilardino.

And it was thought Chelsea's interest could be revived after Italian television cameras caught Shevchenko arguing with Ancelotti on Monday.

He is reported to have told Ancelotti during training: "If you want me here fine but if not I'll leave."

But Shevchenko's spokesman told BBC Sport the player was staying at Milan.

He said neither the player nor the club was taking the incident too seriously, and that Shevchenko was happy at the San Siro.

And while Ancelotti confirmed there was a disagreement, he was quick to try and diffuse the situation.

He said: "Shevchenko remains a key figure for Milan. I can assure you he will stay at Milan and I don't think there were any doubts.

"It was simply a normal argument between a coach and a player."


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