Carlo Ancelotti has himself rejected rumours that he is set to leave Chelsea, saying that the players are keeping him at Stamford Bridge.
He told Express.co.uk that as long as he has the backing of the players, he will remain where he is, though he did admit he is now under pressure to turn the club’s fortunes around following three defeats in four matches which has seen his table toppers relinquish a healthy lead in pole position.
He said: “These rumours are totally untrue. I would like to stay here. I have a contract until 2012. I love not just this club, but these players. I have confidence in them, so there’s no reason to change my ideas.”
Will Wilkins truth out?
A former Chelsea player and manager has told the club’s fans that chances are we will never know the truth behind Ray Wilkins’ dismissal from the club.
Ruud Gullitt, who was a player at Stamford Bridge from 1995 and manager from 1996, continued that he was not surprised by the hierarchy’s wall of silence.
According to The Sun, the former Dutch international said: “I have no clue what’s gone on. But the club is going to make an agreement with Ray — and if it’s good for him, he will never tell you what happened. Something happened there and I don’t know what it is. Everybody is speculating but if it’s a good club, nothing comes out. That means they are serious about what they are doing.”
Blues Hangeland link.
Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has been added to the club’s “ones-to-watch” list as the champions seek to plug their injury-hit defence and quell their recent dip in form. With the Blues having lost three of their last four matches, and long-term injury concerns over first-choice defenders John Terry and Alex, a new signing in January seems almost inevitable at this stage.
FansFC.com reports that the Norway international could cost around £10m. He has previously stated his intention to stay at Craven Cottage and see out his contract which expires in 2013, but it is speculated that a move to local rivals Chelsea could prove tempting.