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Chelsea Deny ‘Ancelotti Out, Guardiola In’ Rumours

Blues deny interest in bringing Barca man to Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea have distanced themselves from stories in a number of Sunday newspapers that they are set to replace their manager Carlo Ancelotti with the head coach of Barcelona, Pep Guardiola.

Rumours of a move for Guardiola next summer have escalated in the British media following Ancelotti’s admission last weekend that he is “not in complete control” at Stamford Bridge.

However, a Chelsea spokesman said before the game against Newcastle at St James’ Park today that the rumours surrounding Guardiola were “total nonsense”.

Guardiola is out of contract next summer, and has not yet signed a new deal at the Camp Nou despite winning the Champions League in his first season in charge and successive La Liga titles.

(The Guardian)

Roman Abramovich is known to want his Chelsea to emulate the style of FC Barcelona but it seems that reports of him installing there very manager are wide of the mark even though they may well replace the outgoing head of youth development, Frank Arnesen, with his former opposite number at Camp Nou, Txiki Begiristain. The uncertainty around current boss Carlo Ancelotti has grown in recent weeks with the Premier League champions suffering an uncharacteristic drop in form and the mysterious departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins increasing the tension in west London.

But, for now, it looks like his job is safe which is fair enough really seeing as he won the Blues their first ever double in his one and only season so far. Even Abramovich is not that ruthless.


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