Milan plan Pirlo stay
Andrea Pirlo's excellent form of late has prompted Milan to begin negotiations on extending his stay at the club.
The talented playmaker's contract expires in 2008 but the Rossoneri are determined to hold onto the player until at least 2010.
Pirlo netted a stunning brace at the weekend against Scotland and is clearly enjoying his football with both the national side and Milan.
''I'm proud of what I did and what I am doing,'' Pirlo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
''With calm and patience I've built an important role.
''I feel wanted and I have found people who believe in me, starting with Carlo Ancelotti.
''I feel good in the national team environment too. Lippi wants to create a club spirit and it seems that he is doing it.
''At Milan I feel at home. I'm in one of the world's strongest teams and we compete for the biggest competitions every year.''
This season has seen Pirlo continue his growth as one of Milan's primary players and the Italy international attributes his improvement to the coaching of Ancelotti.
''It has been fundamental to have a teacher like him,'' continued Pirlo.
''He played as a half back all his career and has many good suggestions.
''I've had the strength to believe in his plan and to not change my characteristics.''