Milan offer to extend Shevchenko's contract


AC Milan have offered a two-year contract extension to Chelsea target Andriy Shevchenko.

The Italian giants are trying to keep the Ukraine striker, who last week held a press conference to reveal he wanted to leave the club this summer.

The 29-year-old has been a target of Chelsea for the past two years but manager Jose Mourinho admitted today: "I like Shevchenko but my feeling is Milan don't want to sell him and they will keep him."

A statement on Milan's website, read: "Shevchenko's future is at the heart of every Milan fan and it's for this very reason that Milan have proposed to Andriy a contract extension until 2011.

"In practice, another five years at the club (his current contract ends on June 30, 2009) would mean he would end his career in the Rossoneri colours and that would be a dream come true for the Milan fans."

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi added on the website: "I hope he stays."

Shevchenko signed an extension to his deal last year when rumours were rife that Chelsea were going to make a bid for the player.

Shevchenko, who will captain Ukraine in this summer's World Cup, was Milan's top scorer with 19 goals in 28 league appearances last season. He also netted nine times in the Champions League.