Ex-Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled himself out of the running for the Paris Saint Germain manager’s job, according to talkSPORT.
Ancelotti was strongly tipped to take over from current PSG Head coach Antoine Kombouare, who suffered an opening day defeat at Lorient and a 1-1 draw with Rennes last weekend. The Italian Coach had vowed to take 12 months away from the game after he was sacked by Blues chairman Roman Abramovich last season.
The former Milan manager won the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge, but his second season was unsuccessful and he won no trophies, exiting from the Champions League against Manchester United in the quarter-finals.
Reports in France have suggested that Ancelotti is not interested in going to PSG and is expected to take some time away from football to consider what his long-term future entails.
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Blues target De Bruyne.
Genk winger Kevin De Bruyne is a potential target for Chelsea, as they look to revitalise their squad under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, The Guardian reports.
Villas-Boas is looking to freshen up his ageing Chelsea squad and is interested in bringing the 20-year-old Belgian to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have raided Genk so far this summer with the transfers of striker Romelu Lukaku and goalkeeper Thibault Courtois and they are looking to use the Belgian club to further enhance their chances of building their squad.
De Bruyne could be loaned back to Genk for 12 months to give him more experience, but after Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda’s poor performances on Saturday at Stoke, the 20-year-old could be thrust into the firing line as part of the immediate Blues squad.
The young forward said: “My agent went to Chelsea on Wednesday and discussions have been good. Maybe, by the end of the month, a deal can be sorted out, because that would be a good thing for all three parties. If there is an agreement with Chelsea, I could certainly spend another year at Genk.”
Cech hails Torres.
Petr Cech has hailed the influence of Fernando Torres in his side’s 0-0 draw with Stoke on Saturday and believes he can only get better, chelseafc.com reports.
The Spaniard joined the Blues for £50m from Liverpool in January and failed to live up to the expectations surrounding his transfer. He had his first Blues pre-season this summer and although he failed to find the net against Stoke, Torres looked sharper and put in a fine performance to earn him Man of the Match honours. Cech could see the difference in the striker from his goal and he is preparing for a good season from Torres.
The Czech international goalkeeper said: “What made a huge difference is that he did pre-season with us. When you come to a club for such a huge amount of money and into a completely different team, different city, everything’s changed and there is a lot of pressure. He also had some injuries last season as well, so it was not the ideal situation for him, but you could see he was settling well every week.”
“Now he’s had a pre-season with us, he got to know the players, he got to know the way we want to play and you can see it straight away. He had a really good game, he deserved to get a goal and he was close on a few occasions. He created space and created chances for the others and it was great to see,” the 29 year old added.
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