'We'll never sell Shevchenko,' say Milan

May 19, 2006

AC Milan are digging their heels in as they fight to keep want-away striker Andriy Shevchenko at the club.

The Ukrainian, who is under contract for another two seasons with the Italian giants, last week announced he wanted to quit the Rossoneri and has been widely linked with a move to Barclays Premiership champions Chelsea.

However, Milan have denied reports the 29-year-old is close to agreeing a transfer to Stamford Bridge.

'The situation remains the same,' AC Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida told PA Sport.

'Milan will never sell Shevchenko, we will never sell him,' added Braida.

Shevchenko, who will captain Ukraine in this summer's World Cup finals in Germany, was Milan's top scorer with 19 goals in 28 league appearances last season.

He also netted nine times in the Champions League.

Chelsea will be hoping that Shevchenko's friendship with their owner, Roman Abramovich, will make a deal easier to agree.

'Shevchenko is dealing directly with Abramovich,' the player's agent, Oscar Damiani, told PA Sport.