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Carlo Ancelotti insists he will remain Chelsea manager

Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti has won the European Cup four times

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he intends to see out his contract at Chelsea despite speculation that his position as manager is under threat.

The Italian, 50, joined Chelsea on a three-year deal last summer after an eight-year spell in charge of AC Milan.

But in the past week Chelsea have been eliminated from Europe and fallen behind Manchester United in the league.

However, Ancelotti said: "My future is definitely at Chelsea. "I can confirm that. I have two more years."

Ancelotti also insisted that the season could have a positive end despite a poor recent run of form that has seen the Blues win only two of their last six matches and slip to third in the Premier League, four points behind United but with a game in hand.

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His side will move to within a point of United if they win at Portsmouth on Wednesday and Ancelotti believes that seven wins from their remaining eight games will be enough to secure the title.

"I like statistics and I think that, in the past, with 86 points every team has won the title," he stated.

"I think that we need to get 86 points to win. We have less opportunity to win after last week because we lost two points at Blackburn, but we can have a chance again to win this title and we will do everything we can to do so.

"It's very important for us."

After Guus Hiddink's short-term stint as manager, Ancelotti was appointed in part because of his success in European competition having won the European Cup twice as a player and twice more as manager.

However, Chelsea's quest to win the trophy for the first time ended at the last 16 stage with a loss to Inter Milan last week, while Sunday's draw at Blackburn has hit their chances of winning a first Premier League title in four years.

Ancelotti, though, has backed his players to bounce back at bottom-club Portsmouth.

"We have to have more discipline on the pitch. We have to stay more focused on our defensive positions," he said.

"When we don't win, we are disappointed, and above all the game against Blackburn because it was a very important game, but we have a possibility to come back and win at Portsmouth.

"We need to win to close this moment. I'm sure that, with a victory, this moment will be behind us."

Ancelotti also added that he expects midfielder Joe Cole to sign a new contract despite finding his playing time limited this season since returning from injury.

"He will be here next season because the player wants to stay and the club wants to keep him in the squad," he said.

"He's doing a very good job, he's very professional and he has a very good relationship with his other team-mates.

"It's a very important moment for him and the other players to show his quality to stay in the squad for the World Cup with England.

"He wants to play, I know that, and he's doing everything he can in training to show me his quality."



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