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Carlo Ancelotti denies Giampaolo Pazzini interest

January 8, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Carlo Ancelotti has firmly denied having any interest in Sampdoria star Giampaolo Pazzini, while another Italian striker, Vincenzo Iaquinta, has stated he will not be moving to Stamford Bridge.

Giampaolo Pazzini
GettyImagesGiampaolo Pazzini has played well alongside Antonio Cassano

Despite Ancelotti's pledge that he will strip naked if he reinforces his squad in January, Chelsea continue to be linked with a wide range of players with Pazzini and Iaquinta the latest in a list that includes Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero.

Sampdoria even claimed on Thursday that the Premier League club have shown an interest in Pazzini, who has scored 10 goals in 19 domestic appearances this season to underline an impressive reputation in his home country.

But with Ancelotti placing his faith in Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge while Didier Drogba is at the African Nations Cup, the Chelsea manager is not interested in pursuing a deal for Pazzini in January and has dismissed suggestions that sporting director Frank Arnesen has been scouting the player.

"We don't have any news," said Ancelotti. "We stay with the same squad. I have said that a lot of times. We have a good squad and have a very good striker in Daniel Sturridge. We don't need to have another new player.

"Frank was in London on Wednesday, it is not true. Pazzini is not a player who is of interest to us."

Chelsea have also been linked with Iaquinta but the Juventus striker, who has recently recovered from a serious knee injury, is fully focused on returning to top form with the Bianconeri.

"I'm flattered by market rumours, but I'm interested only in Juventus," Iaquinta told the club's official website. "I feel good here and I don't want to leave. I've been sorry to have not been able to help the team in this period of difficulty, but now I'm ready to give my help.

"I believe in this group, in this club and its people. We are convinced that we still have possibilities to do well and for this reason market rumours should not distract us from our sporting objectives."