Carlo Ancelotti has shrugged off speculation over his future after news reports yesterday that Chelsea have lined up Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as their new manager.
Speculation has been rife recently over the Italian’s future, and the manager himself has admitted he is feeling the pressure following Chelsea’s below par recent form.
According to Goal.com, Ancelotti insists that the coach is the last to know things at his club, saying: “I have heard of Pep Guardiola, to be frank. But you don’t have to ask me – the coach is always the last to know. Don’t ask me. We are not interested. We focus on our training and our matches.”
Arnesen replacement talks stall.
Chelsea’s search to replace Frank Arnesen has taken a hit after their pursuit of former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain stalled.
The 46-year-old, who left Camp Nou in the summer following the presidential elections has met with the Blues on two occasions according to The Guardian, and the former Deportivo la Coruna striker was thought to be very interested in the prospect of joining Chelsea.
However, no formal offer was made following these two meetings and interest is now thought to have cooled on both sides. While further talks and a future appointment have not been ruled out, neither side anticipates a deal being done.
Arnesen will step down as Chelsea’s sporting director at the end of the season following five years at Stamford Bridge. He said: “It has been a privilege and an honour for me to work for such a big club with so many great people.”
Youngster wants extended loan.
Chelsea youngster Ryan Bertrand is open to the possibility of extending his loan stay at Nottingham Forest. The highly rated full-back is currently due to return to London in January, but with Chelsea’s defensive injury crisis due to have cleared up by the new year the 21-year-old understands that first team opportunities will be limited at the champions.
He told the Nottingham Evening Post: “I would be open to that if the clubs can agree on it, definitely. I am enjoying it here and that is the main thing in your football career. I would say it is up there with the second half of my time at Reading, in terms of how much I have enjoyed it. And it is also the highest I have ever been, in the Championship.”