AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has put pen to paper on a new deal. The Italian tactician has signed a new contract after reaching the conclusion that his long-term future is with the Rossoneri.

Pioli had a few months left on his previous Milan deal which was due to end next summer. The Milan boss has signed a one-year extension until 2023.Milan are on the way up under Pioli and it was a no brainer to give him a new deal. The news of his new Milan contract was revealed earlier on Friday.

AC Milan manager Pioli has done a very good job at the club this season. He has led the seven-time European champions to within goal difference of the top spot currently held by Europa League campaigners Napoli. Milan and Napoli are tied on 32 games from 13 Italian Serie A matches. Milan made an unbeaten run to this season’s league campaign before they were beaten by hosts Fiorentina after the two teams were involved in a seven-goal thriller. Fiorentina scored two first half goals on the way to a 4-3 home win.

While AC Milan have been almost faultless in the league this season, they have been far from convincing on their return to the Champions League stage this season. They were drawn in the same group as Liverpool, FC Porto and Atletico Madrid. Milan didn’t make the best of starts after recording a point from their first four games, but an impressive victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday has given the Italians a lifeline in the quest to make the round of 16.

Brazilian footballer Junior Messias came off the bench to score the only goal of the game three minutes from time to give Milan a slender 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid. The goal has given Milan a fighting chance of making the last 16 stage ahead of the final set of group games.