Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich is thought to be lining up a sensational move for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola should current manager Carlo Ancelotti head for the Stamford Bridge exit door.
Despite insistence from the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge, it is thought that privately they are developing contingency plans should Ancelotti leave.
Mirror Football have stated that contract talks between Ancelotti and the club were postponed earlier this month, and with Guardiola’s own contract expiring at the end of next season an approach could be made without the need for the Blues to pay compensation.
Ivanovic admits Wilkins regret.
Branislav Ivanovic has told Mirror Football that Ray Wilkins’ departure rocked the club. Carlo Ancelotti’s former assistant was dismissed earlier this month and is now taking legal action.
The Serbian international said, however, that the players must regain focus ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Newcastle at St. James’ Park. He said: “We were all in shock. For us Ray was important – and for Carlo also, because he was between us and Carlo. He did a great job with Ray, and Carlo was a little bit disappointed. But we have to get back to focus now. All we can say from the players’ side is ‘Thank you for Ray’, but we must look forward.”
Ancelotti: No new signings.
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he still has no intention of signing any new players in January.
The champions’ first team has appeared somewhat ravaged by injury recently, with John Terry, Alex, Frank Lampard all gracing the physio’s table with their presence, and the summer departure of Ricardo Carvalho left a void in defence.
According to Goal.com, the former AC Milan boss said: “We don’t have long-term injuries, so we don’t need to have other players in January. Obviously we have to look at the situation of Alex and Terry and Lampard. But if all those players don’t show problems we don’t need other players in January.”