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Abate and Antonini commit to Milan

Published: Thursday 11 February 2010, 14.19CET
The versatile Ignazio Abate and defender Luca Antonini have both signed AC Milan contract extensions running until 2014 after the former trainees made first-team breakthroughs this season.

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Published: Thursday 11 February 2010, 14.19CET

Abate and Antonini commit to Milan

The versatile Ignazio Abate and defender Luca Antonini have both signed AC Milan contract extensions running until 2014 after the former trainees made first-team breakthroughs this season.

AC Milan, preparing for their UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie with Manchester United FC, have agreed contract extensions with Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonini until June 2014.

The 23-year-old Abate, who can play both as a winger and as a full-back, is the son of the former FC Internzionale Milano goalkeeper Beniamino Abate. A product of Milan's youth system, he played for the likes of SSC Napoli, UC Sampdoria and Torino FC before returning to the San Siro last summer. He became a first-team regular earlier this season and has so far made 18 Serie A appearances and four in the UEFA Champions League. Abate also played at the 2008 Olympics and 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship for Italy.

Former Italian youth international defender Antonini, 27, is another Milan trainee who returned in 2008 after playing in both Serie A and Serie B for the likes of Sampdoria, AC Siena and Empoli FC. This season he has appeared eleven times in Serie A and once in Europe. Milan will be at home to United on 16 February with the return match scheduled for 10 March at Old Trafford.

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