Official: Massimiliano Allegri set to remain as coach of Milan

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Giuseppe CacaceAFP/Getty ImagesMassimiliano Allegri will be back with Milan for the 2013-14 season and will be expected to combine winning with entertaining football.

Massimiliano Allegri will continue as Milan coach next season, following talks with both club owner Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani late on Sunday night.

The trio met at the politician's villa in Arcore to discuss Allegri's position, eventually concluding that he will return to the bench next season with clear objectives over what must be achieved and the manner in which they must arrive.

Following months of speculation suggesting that he would be replaced this summer, the announcement draws an end to the period of uncertainty surrounding his immediate future, with initial reports of an extension later rebuffed.

Nevertheless, it is a relief to have finally arrived at a decision in which all parties concerned will hope it benefits the club and they can shortly begin the planning process for next season which will again be pivotal in both Milan's and Allegri's more long-term future.

While the idea of replacing Allegri with former Rossonero Clarence Seedorf was widely rejected, there were fears that the constant delaying tactics in reaching this conclusion would prompt him to act first and resign.

Further, despite being trusted for another year, some suggest that it is merely delaying the inevitable, and that the club will look to replace the 45-year-old when his contract expires next summer with the likes of Cesare Prandelli and Luciano Spalletti more likely to be available.

However, what this whole drama has proven is that Allegri clearly cares a great deal about continuing this project in Milan, with offers from the likes of Roma of secondary importance. Berlusconi's show of faith for another year is undoubtedly a boost, yet it still arrived with a word of warning.

"With Galliani and Allegri we had a frank and cordial discussion in which we revisited and analysed the past season, so there was a clarification on certain things," he stated.

"We reached an agreement on the rights and duties of the club towards the Coach and the Coach towards the club.

"We also talked about the type of football that Milan must play and the squad for next season, setting out guidelines for the transfer session.

"The rapport with the Coach, which has never been interrupted, continues with faith and in absolute reciprocal respect," he concluded.

It is clear that Berlusconi wants to see Milan retain an identity of winning games with entertaining football, and perhaps that will be reflected in the summer transfer strategy.

Speculation suggested that Allegri also explained what was required ahead of next season in terms of strengthening the squad during the meeting, but will know that producing results is only part of his assignment for the new campaign.

While he has arguably delivered when it comes to results given the resources and circumstances at different stages of his tenure, Allegri's biggest failure has been to continue the Rossoneri's style of play that was long envied around Europe.

He must now continue to rebuild while simultaneously putting together the pieces to ultimately entertain, and despite the words of support from Berlusconi, the pressure is arguably more intense than ever before.

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