Roman Abramovic has announced that Carlo Ancelotti’s job as manager at Stamford Bridge is safe.
The Italian has been struggling with the champions’ poor recent form, but has declared he is ready to guide the Blues out of their present slump.
Abramovich has also vowed to open his chequebook in January, according to Mirror Football. Chelsea’s defeat to Marseille in the Champions League midweek extended their poor run to only two wins from eight games.
But Ancelotti said: “I spoke with Roman after the game and he gave me total support.
“He understood the problems of the team. He’s doing his best to give every one of us at the club, my players and my staff, his total support. When I say I have total support, it means he’s very close to me at this moment. Our relationship is very good. I have trust in him and he has trust in me.”
No Lampard to face Spurs.
Chelsea are not likely to risk midfielder Frank Lampard for the London derby with Spurs tomorrow, because the former West Ham star is not yet match fit.
The England international is finally back in training with the Chelsea squad, but is lacking considerable match fitness, according to Mirror Football.
The Daily Mail had earlier reported that the England star could be in line for a return at White Hart Lane after missing months through groin and tendon problems.
But the 32-year-old will not line up against his uncle Harry’s team, but could target a return against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on December 19, or at the Emirates against Arsenal on December 27 as this will give him more time to gain fitness and sharpness.
Blues interest in Romanian ‘keeper.
Chelsea are are thought to be paying attention to rave reviews being written about teenage Romanian goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu.
The 16-year-old has been heavily praised for his performances for CSM Ramnicu Valcea, and has also been watched by fellow Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.
Man United are thought to be currently in pole position, and are considering offering Branescu a trial at Old Trafford.