Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Future with Chelsea out of my hands, says Ancelotti

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 8, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 8, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mate Javier Hernandez (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 8, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti today admitted his future at Chelsea is hanging in the balance after Manchester United all but clinched the Premier League title.

Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford all but ended their title hopes - United need only a point from their last two games - but despite having secured the London club a first double last season, the Italian now faces a nervous two-week wait.

Ancelotti said: "I have another year on my contract and I would like to stay but it is the decision of the club.

"The club will take a decision at the end of the season, we have two more games, two more weeks and we wait and see. We will arrange a meeting after the end of the season."

Ancelotti said he did not know Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's opinion of the season but he admitted the club could have done better.

He added: "I don't know what the owner thinks about the season but in my opinion we could have done better.

"I am honest to say that Chelsea didn't do its best this season but sometimes that can happen. Last season we had a fantastic season, this year it was a little bit different."

Asked whether he favoured returning to his native Italy, the Chelsea coach said he would one day - but has found England very much to his liking.

He said: "Italy is my country and I cannot say I don't want to come back to Italy - I will come back to Italy one day as I love my country.

"But in the last two years I have found a fantastic atmosphere in football, a fantastic country, and I respect the people. There is no violence in the stadium, the stadiums are full and I would like to stay here for these reasons."

Ancelotti has come in for criticism for relying on players who have been stalwarts since Jose Mourinho's time - nine of the starting XI against United had played under Mourinho four years ago - but he claimed there was no need to completely shake up the squad.

"This year we bought (David) Luiz, Ramires and Fernando Torres who are all fantastic players and this was enough for the future," said Ancelotti.

" I don't think this team needs to have a lot of movement and now is not the right time."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre