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Chelsea refused Ancelotti talks

Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti has been in charge at the San Siro since 2001

AC Milan have rejected an approach from Chelsea for permission to talk to coach Carlo Ancelotti about the vacant manager's position at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League and Champions League runners-up began their search for a new boss after sacking Avram Grant.

"(Chelsea) asked for our permission and naturally everything stopped there," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told the Serie A club's website.

"He and another Italian coach were at the top of Chelsea's list."

Chelsea sacked Grant on 24 May - three days after losing to Manchester United in the Champions League final - and also terminated the contract of assistant first-team coach Henk ten Cate five days later.

BBC Sport understands the other Italian coach to be Roberto Mancini, who was dismissed by Inter Milan this week despite leading the club to three successive Serie A titles.

It is also thought Blackburn's Mark Hughes and Portugal's Luis Felipe Scolari are among those on Chelsea's shortlist.

Ancelotti, 48, joined Milan from Juventus in 2001 and has since won Serie A once (2004) and the Champions League twice (2003, 2007).

As a player, Ancelotti helped the Rossoneri to two Serie A and two Champions League titles and he is one of five men to have won the Champions League as both a player and a coach.

In 2007, he signed two-year contract extension to keep him at Milan until 2010.

Galliani added: "The fact that our coach is sought after and esteemed pleases me a lot but Carlo Ancelotti will remain Milan's coach."

see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
31 May 08 |  Chelsea
Ten Cate sacked as Chelsea coach
29 May 08 |  Chelsea
Grant sacked as Chelsea manager
24 May 08 |  Chelsea
Grant lashes out at media 'lies'
29 Feb 08 |  Chelsea

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