Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he is one day looking to take on the reins of a national team and hasn’t ruled out leading out England at Wembley.
The Italian’s three-year contract with the Stamford Bridge club runs until 2012 and with his fellow countryman Fabio Capello set to step down following Euro 2012, Ancelotti’s application could persuade the FA to think again about their previous statement that the next coach of England would be English.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Chelsea manager said: “I have never been the coach of a national team. To manage the national team and manage a club is different. Maybe [Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry] Redknapp doesn’t like foreign coaches for the national team, but if you ask me about England, I can say ‘Why not?’”
Carlo convinced Cole to stay.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has told ESPN that Carlo Ancelotti talked him out of leaving Stamford Bridge during the summer to join former manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. In a television interview to be broadcast tonight, Cole has admitted that with his private life under increased scrutiny during his high-profile divorce from pop star wife Cheryl, he was tempted to move.
“There were times when it was really hard. I did think about leaving but, of course, when I spoke to Ancelotti he made it clear he wanted me to stay and loved having me around, and the players didn’t want me to go,” before Cole added that he doesn’t regret his decision: “I’m glad I stayed. A lot of people were saying ‘you can’t leave‘, ‘he’s basically giving up and he has to take the flak.’ I’ve stayed now and I’ve taken the flak and hopefully I’m coming through it.”
Essien to repay Blues’ faith.
Frustrated by an injury-plagued season last term, Michael Essien insists that he is ready to repay Chelsea for believing in him and offering him a new contract while on the sidelines. The Ghanaian international told The Sun: “I think I am a lucky guy. I’ve never seen that before – a player who has been out for six months and they decide to give him a new contract. That means they have great confidence in me when I’m fit, that I can go out and help their team. I am delighted. I think I have to pay the club back with my performance.”
Having scored three times already this season, Essien’s form has helped Chelsea to the top of their Champions Leagues and top of the Premiership table and the midfielder is fully aware of well they have started. “I am very excited but the beginning (of the season), this season is excellent for me and the team, apart from the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.”