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Ancelotti calm over transfer ban

Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti is confident he has a squad capable of challenging

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident the transfer ban imposed on the club will not affect their Premier League ambitions in the short term.

World governing body Fifa recently found Chelsea guilty of inducing Gael Kakuta to break his contract with Lens.

"The transfer embargo is not a problem because we have a good team and very good players," said Ancelotti.

"The club are appealing and we have to wait for a good result for us. We hope that they overturn the decision."

Chelsea cannot sign any new players during the next two transfer windows, and Fifa has confirmed that they cannot recall any players on season-long loans under the terms of their transfer ban.

Ancelotti had been considering recalling England under-21 defender Michael Mancienne from Wolves, forward Scott Sinclair from Wigan and Argentine striker Franco di Santo from Blackburn.

Of the three, only Di Santo can return, as his agreement was just for half a season.

Chelsea, however, tied several key players to long-term contracts in the summer and this is one of the main reasons Ancelotti remains optimistic, even if Fifa was to uphold the ban.

Captain John Terry and defender Ashley Cole signed new deals just a few days before Fifa banned the Premier League outfit while Didier Drogba, John Mikel Obi and Florent Malouda have also signed extensions at Stamford Bridge recently.

"We don't need other players," Ancelotti said.

"In the future, it may be a problem but we have to wait for Fifa to maybe reverse the decision.

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"To have John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba with this club for the next years is very important."

Ancelotti's spending over the summer was tame in comparison with other Champions League clubs, the £18m capture of Yuri Zhirkov from CSKA Moscow being the only major addition to his squad.

However, the Russia midfielder has missed the start of the season through injury, and there had been speculation that he might need surgery on his knee which would keep him out for the rest of the season.

With Ancelotti unable to add to his squad in January, the long-term loss of Zhrikov would pose a major irritation but the Italian is not overly concerned.

"At the moment, we don't think he needs surgery," said Ancelotti.

"He's working with the team. Yesterday he worked with us.

England have great players and are one of the favourites to win the World Cup. I think they can win it

Carlo Ancelotti

"We have to control the situation. For the moment, he's not very well but he is improving.

"Next week we have to control his body. If he has improved, he can start to play matches again.

"He didn't play with the national team because he's not fit now, but he is improving. At the moment, he doesn't need surgery."

A core of English players still form the backbone of the Chelsea side including Lampard, Terry and Cole and, having seen his players help England qualify for the 2010 World Cup with their 5-1 demolition of Croatia on Wednesday, Ancelotti tipped them for success in South Africa next summer.

"Congratulations to the England team for qualifying and also to Fabio Capello who has done a very good job this time and will do a good job again in the World Cup," he said.

"I watched England against Slovenia and also against Croatia. I think the England team has great players in the squad, a great organisation, and are one of the favourites to win the World Cup. I think they can win it."

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Defender Cole signs Chelsea deal
02 Sep 09 |  Chelsea
Terry pens five-year Chelsea deal
31 Aug 09 |  Chelsea
Ancelotti says no more signings
07 Aug 09 |  Chelsea
Drogba signs new Chelsea contract
06 Aug 09 |  Chelsea
Man Utd deny 'stealing' youngster
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Mikel commits to new Chelsea deal
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Chelsea snap up Russian Zhirkov
07 Jul 09 |  Chelsea
Malouda signs new deal at Chelsea
23 Jun 09 |  Chelsea

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