transfer talk

Carlo Ancelotti rubbishes Cole-Coentrao story

August 6, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Carlo Ancelotti has slammed the latest media reports regarding the future of Ashley Cole as "totally rubbish".

Ashley Cole
GettyImagesAshley Cole is going nowehere

Cole has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer, with Ancelotti having to consistently deny there was any chance of his left-back being sold.

Friday saw reports that Cole would move to the Bernabeu and Ancelotti would move for highly-rated Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao as his replacement.

But Ancelotti, who seems to be growing tired of the rumours, said: "It's not true, totally rubbish.''

Chelsea have agreed a deal for another Benfica player, with Ramires set to head for Stamford Bridge in an £18.2 million switch. But Ancelotti did not want to speak of his potential Brazil signing: "Ramires is, until now, a Benfica player. When he is here, I can speak about him, not now.

''I don't want to speak about Ramires. When Ramires will sign a contract for Chelsea, he will sign. This is the same for other players. I read a lot of names in the newspapers. Today, we don't want to speak about these players because Sunday, we will have a very important game.''

Ancelotti believes that Chelsea can repeat last season's double-winning exploits this term.

"For us, after a fantastic season, it was very difficult to change this squad,'' he said. "We were totally agreed to maintain this squad. To put some young players in this squad from our academy, this was our aim. After a fantastic season, we could repeat the same season this year with these players.''