Carlo Ancelotti wants to stay in England, but wants Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba out the country…
Carlo Ancelotti has advised old club AC Milan to raid his former employers Chelsea for either Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka in the January transfer window.
Milan, the reigning Serie A champions, are looking for an experienced striker after Antonio Cassano was ruled out for the rest of the season following heart surgery.
And ex-Blues boss Ancelotti said Drogba and Anelka, who are both out of contract at the end of the season, would be ideal replacements.
“Certainly – they are great players in good physical condition,” said the Italian, who coached Milan for seven seasons.
“They are players of great quality and attitude. I would see both of them fitting in very well at Milan – but that doesn’t that one of the two are going to go.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
AC Milan president Adriano Galliani quickly responded to Ancelotti’s words.
“Ancelotti understands football,” Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Perhaps we will take them both!
“Seriously, it is not certain that we will sign anyone in January. If we did it would be a loan because I promised to keep a place for Cassano.
“Anelka is a major player but I have been in love with Drogba since he played in Marseille.”
It could be argued that Carlo Ancelotti has split loyalties – he has managed both Chelsea and AC Milan.
The Rossoneri are renowned for their ability to increase the longevity of a player’s career at the famous Milan Lab, while Chelsea are looking to decrease the average age of their squad.
Though Galliani sounds more enthusiastic about Drogba of the two Blues forwards, one would deem Anelka the more likely to depart Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba has begun talks with Chelsea over a new contract, while the Daily Mail claim Andre Villas Boas has run out of patience with Anelka’s poor form.
Perhaps getting the Frenchman off the wage bill until the summer, when he can leave for nothing, will free up some cash for other transfers.