Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

I’ll quit in six years, vows Chelsea's Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti wants to remain at Chelsea for as long as possible and then bring down the curtain on his career in six years time.

The Italian coach has guided Chelsea to eight straight wins in all competitions so far this season.

But the former AC Milan coach admits he has changed his mind about retiring on a number of occasions since he began his managerial adventure in 1995.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he will never retire from the profession but Ancelotti has set his sights on finally walking away from the game in 2015.

“I started to train in 1995 and, after two years of this job, I thought that, for me, I would end my career in 2000,” said Ancelotti.

“When I got to 2000, I said: “Now it's better to continue because I like this.”

“I thought I'd close my career in 2005 but after the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool, I thought it was better to continue. Now, my stop is 2015.

“I hope to stay here. It depends not only on me.

“But I can say that, after three months here, I hope to stay a long time.”

Ancelotti will aim for his seventh straight win in the Barclays Premier League at Wigan today.

He will include England midfielder Joe Cole, who made his long awaited comeback against Queens Park Rangers in the Carling Cup in midweek, and Yuri Zhirkov, 26, in his squad.

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