Gourcuff extends San Siro stay

French midfield prodigy Yoann Gourcuff is a happy man after committing his long-term future to AC Milan until summer 2012 with a one-year contract extension.

French prodigy Yoann Gourcuff is a happy man today after committing his future to AC Milan until summer 2012 with a one-year contract extension.

Impressive season
The 20-year-old was originally given a deal until 2011 when signing for the Rossoneri just over a year ago from Stade Rennais FC in his homeland. However, he impressed enough in his 21 league starts and eight UEFA Champions League appearances, with a goal in each competition, to have Milan ready to renegotiate his terms. Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti particularly has high hopes for the Under-21 international. "Next season we will have to make more of a promising player like Gourcuff," he said when asked whether the European champions would be recruiting new midfielders.

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