Vacancy at Chelsea

Ancelotti: My meetings with Roman Abramovich

May 27, 2009

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, has made a series of revelations about meetings with Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who lamented to Ancelotti that his club "don't have a personality". Ancelotti's autobiography Preferisco La Coppa (I Prefer The Cup), launched in Italy on Tuesday, the 49-year-old describes two meetings he claims to have held with Blues owner Roman Abramovich last year in Geneva and Paris.

Ancelotti admits he found himself plotting the best way forward for the Stamford Bridge club.

"I confess that at certain points in 2008-09 I watched my DVDs of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba," said the Italian, who won two European Cups with AC Milan.

"I was already the coach of the boys on paper."

Ancelotti also proffered the names of two players - Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery - who he thought could help to turn Chelsea into the attractive, winning side the Russian craves.

"President, your team is very physical, you have to put more quality in the middle of the pitch," Ancelotti claims to have told Abramovich.

"I gave him two names, Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso.

"He thought of a third name, that of Andriy Shevchenko, who was close to his heart. (Abramovich said:) 'I can't understand why he's not playing, because since we brought him to England he's not the real Sheva."'

Abramovich is said by Ancelotti to have added: "Chelsea don't have a personality. I have the ambition of winning every competition in which my team takes part, a team that at the moment I don't recognise."

Despite the revelations in his book, Ancelotti claimed on Tuesday that he would remain at the San Siro with AC Milan if he is asked to do so by the Serie A club.