Chelsea have been issued a stark warning by AC Milan that attempting to lure CarloAncelotti to Stamford Bridge would be 'very, very dangerous'.
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Adriano Galliani, AC Milan's vice-president who runs the club for Italy's Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, uttered the ominous phrase yesterday when quizzed on the prospect of their coach being at Stamford Bridge next season.
Milan will expect Chelsea to deal with them directly, as they did last year when coach Ancelotti was on the shortlist to replace Avram Grant and the Londoners dealt with the Italians' director, Umberto Gandini.
Asked whether Ancelotti, whose contract with Milan runs until 2010, would be free to leave in the summer if he wished, Galliani said: 'This is dangerous. Very, very dangerous.'
His comments seemed to imply that Milan might block any move if they were to feel slighted by negotiations.
An angry Ancelotti was sent to the stands during Milan's 1-0 win at Chievo Verona yesterday and then resorted to a series of one-word denials when
questioned about Chelsea.