Ancelotti: I'm staying put

Carlo Ancelotti insisted on Saturday that he would not be leaving the AC Milan hotseat, even to take over as Italy coach.

Speculation has been rife this season in Italy that national team coach Roberto Donadoni will be replaced following UEFA EURO 2008 with Ancelotti taking over.

And with AC Milan struggling to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League; they are fifth, four points off fourth-placed Fiorentina in the final qualification position - and already out of this season's competition, rumours abound that Ancelotti will be fired at the end of the season.

A host of names have been touted as possible replacements for Ancelotti, such as AS Roma's Luciano Spalletti and Fiorentina's Cesare Prandelli.

"I don't feel any pressure from the Roma bench, nor Fiorentina's bench, nor Juventus's," said Ancelotti.

"The club has been very clear, my future is not dependent on finishing fourth.

"It's impossible to verify the hypothesis that I will take over the national team, I hope Donadoni will keep going until the World Cup."

With only eight games left to play, Ancelotti knows his team cannot afford another slip up when they host Atalanta on Sunday.

In their last match at the San Siro they were downed 2-1 by Sampdoria before struggling to a narrow 1-0 win at Torino a week ago.

"The fact that we're four points behind means we cannot afford another missed step like we did against Sampdoria.

"The signs against Torino were good, we want to stay on that path. We know we will have a tough test against Atalanta who are doing well."