KIEV, Ukraine – AC Milan have confirmed that French midfielder Mathieu Flamini will remain at the club for another season.
Flamini was expected to leave the San Siro outfit this summer with his contract running out next month, but the 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the Rossoneri.
A statement from AC Milan read: "Mathieu Flamini, Rossonero since 2008 and also next season."
Flamini, who was linked with possible moves to Malaga and Napoli, has reportedly agreed a significant pay cut to remain with the Italian giants.
The midfielder joined Milan from Arsenal in 2008 but missed most of last season with a serious knee injury.
The former Marseille player has made 100 appearances in all competitions for Milan, scoring four goals, and helped them win the Serie A title and Italian Super Cup in 2011.
The news could end Milan's pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
Milan claimed earlier this week they had not ruled out the possibility of signing Aquilani, who was considered the ideal replacement for Flamini.
Aquilani played on loan at Milan last season and scored one goal in 23 league appearances.
The 27-year-old is under contract with the Premier League side until June 2014.