Chelsea news – Scolari takes credit for Blues, Ancelotti contract talks on hold, Ivanovic: Step by step

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Ancelotti contract talks on hold.

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he has no need to discuss a new contract at Stamford Bridge anytime soon. The Chelsea boss still has 18 months remaining on his current deal, and Sky Sports understands that the Italian would relish to prospect of managing a national side one day.

The 51-year-old, who has also managed Juventus and Milan, said: “I have a contract with Chelsea until 2012 and I want to respect this. I hope to stay. I won’t have a problem to sign a new contract. But even then this won’t be my last job. I would like to have experience with a national team.”

Scolari takes credit for Blues.

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has insisted that it was he who laid the foundations for Chelsea’s current dominance of English football. The former Brazil coach was axed just seven months into his reign at Stamford Bridge, and admits he found it impossible to work with many Blues players still loyal to previous boss Jose Mourinho.

However, the 61-year-old told FIFA.com: “Look at (Nicolas) Anelka. He wasn’t getting a game and then all of a sudden he was Chelsea’s top scorer. And then there’s Drogba, who had a serious knee injury but is fine now thanks to the work I did, not just the club’s doctors. In 20 or 30 years’ time, there’ll be two or three of them who’ll still be walking absolutely fine. They’ll remember me then, for sure.”

Ivanovic: Step by step.

Branislav Ivanovic has told his Chelsea team-mates that they will need to take the Champions’ League “step by step” if they are to stand any chance of reaching the Final. The Serbian international has said that talking about wanting to win the competition is not enough – and that the players need to start working towards achieving their dreams instead.

According to Goal.com, the defender said: “Everyone in this club is thinking only of Chelsea and to give to this club success so we can try and win trophies. We have a good enough squad to win this but we have to show this on the pitch and not just say it.”

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