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Ancelotti backs Mourinho for Chelsea

May 4, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti believes "it'll be very good for everyone" if Jose Mourinho makes a hotly-anticipated return to Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti
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Ancelotti, 53, won the Premier League and FA Cup during a two-year spell at Stamford Bridge, adding to a trophy cabinet swelled significantly during the successful three-season stint Mourinho, 50, enjoyed in West London between 2004 and 2007.

Currently at Real Madrid, Mourinho is expected to quit the Spanish capital this summer, and though Chelsea are remaining coy on whether "The Special One" will come back, Ancelotti has no doubt the return of the Portuguese would be a success.

"Everyone at Chelsea has good memories of Mourinho," he said. "He did a good job - everyone loves him. When I was at Chelsea, I understood that there was a very good feeling with Mourinho. If he goes back, it'll be very good for everyone."

Earlier this season, French media tipped Ancelotti to make a straight swap with Mourinho. Though the arrival of the former Porto coach in the French capital now looks unlikely, speculation persists that Ancelotti will replace Mourinho in Madrid.

Fearing their club could lose the man who has fashioned his squad into champions-elect, PSG fans wrote an open letter to Ancelotti, pleading with him to see out the remaining year on his contract.

Though he would not confirm his future plans, the ex-AC Milan boss did admit to being touched by the supporters' affection for him.

"I was very happy," he said. "It means my work is appreciated. When a manager works, and it's appreciated, that's good."