Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta is set to perform a U-turn and sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
The French star, whose current deal ends in June 2011, was expected to quit the club next year after negotiations to extend his stay in west London appeared to fizzle out.
But now manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted things are back on track for the 19-year-old, who had been linked with a move to AC Milan.
"I don’t have any news yet but I think he is very close to signing a contract," he said.
Kakuta, who has made nine appearances so far this season without scoring a goal, arrived at Chelsea from French club Lens in July 2007 in a controversial deal that at one point saw Chelsea banned handed a transfer ban.
The Blues were accused of inducing Kakuta to break a contract at Lens but the punishment laid down by FIFA was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled the player’s contract had never been valid in the first place.
Now it looks certain that the teenager, a French Under-20 international, will stay at Chelsea for the long term.