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Ancelotti rules out Chelsea move

Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti is contracted to AC Milan until June 2010

AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti says he has no intention of leaving the club to manage Chelsea next season.

Guus Hiddink has been confirmed as Luis Felipe Scolari's short-term replacement with the Dutchman taking charge of the Blues until the end of the season.

But with Hiddink also in charge of the Russian national team, Ancelotti is thought to be high on Chelsea's list as a permanent replacement for Scolari.

"I am not thinking about leaving," the 49-year-old told www.calciomercato.com.

Chelsea were reported to be interested in Ancelotti last year after previous boss Avram Grant had left the club, but Milan prevented any approach.

"The only club that has made a move to sign me has been Chelsea," he said.

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"In the summer I met (Chelsea owner) Roman Abramovich but I didn't want to leave AC Milan.

"The same thing happens now."

Former Barcelona boss Frank Rjikaard is also thought to be a Chelsea target, although Hiddink could also decide to stay on permanently at the end of the season.

But the Italian, who is contracted to Milan until June 2010, is committed to the Serie A club.

Ancelotti is the longest serving manager in Italy's top flight after joining the Rossoneri in 2001.

He led Milan to the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 and Serie A in 2004 after joining them in 2001 from Juventus.

Former Blues favourite and current West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has also distanced himself from the manager's role at Chelsea.

The 42-year-old is still a favourite amongst Chelsea supporters, with a banner being unfurled during the match against Hull last Saturday calling for his return.

However, the Hammers boss insists he and assistant Steve Clarke, who also has previous Chelsea connections as player and coach, are focused on the job in hand at Upton Park.

"I am here and that's the important thing," said Zola. "That's all I can say about that.

"Chelsea is a club that I wish they do very well and I think Clarkey feels the same, but I would like to talk about West Ham.

"We have a project and we are still starting. There is a long way to go and I have got a lot to learn and a lot to give to the club."

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Ancelotti eyes future in Africa
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Ancelotti out of Chelsea running
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Chelsea refused Ancelotti talks
31 May 08 |  Chelsea
Hiddink puts reputation on line
11 Feb 09 |  Chelsea
Chelsea confirm Hiddink as coach
11 Feb 09 |  Chelsea
Reaction to Scolari sacking
09 Feb 09 |  Football
Hiddink dismisses Blues job link
01 Jun 08 |  Chelsea


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