Massimiliano Allegri insists his “future will not be decided” in the battle with Fiorentina for third place, but warns the match with Catania could be key.
The Rossoneri have seen their lead whittled down to just a single point, fuelling speculation President Silvio Berlusconi wants a change of management next season.
“It is very important that we have a point on Fiorentina, seeing as they are ahead of us in terms of head-to-head confrontations,” said Allegri in his Press conference.
“I would be happy from now to the end of the season if we earned exactly as many points as Fiorentina. They’ve had a great campaign, especially as last season they were fighting to avoid relegation. We’ll see at the end who is stronger.
“My future? We have third place to fight for, so I really don’t have time to consider other situations.
“We’ve done good work at Milan over the last three years. I don’t think my future will be decided in the next five games. Regardless of what I want to do, the President always makes the final decision.”
Mario Balotelli returns from suspension for the Sunday night clash with Catania, as Milan aim to end a run of two points from three rounds.
“I hope Mario can give us a hand, as since he arrived his presence has always been felt,” continued Allegri.
“In psychological terms, it would be very important for us to win. It won’t be easy, as Catania have always done well this season and still hope to reach the Europa League. I think tomorrow will be fundamental for third place.
“We have got to be more motivated than them. Catania are good on the counter, so we have to be wary. We made mistakes against Fiorentina, played with 10 men for most of the second half with Napoli and made one costly error in the defeat to Juventus.”