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Ancelotti and Zola would snub Chelsea

Friday, February 13, 2009

Carlo Ancelotti and Gianfranco Zola have distanced themselves from the manager's job at Chelsea.

Russia coach Guus Hiddink has been placed in temporary charge until the end of the season, but AC Milan coach Ancelotti is reportedly owner Roman Abramovich's main candidate to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari in the long term.

Ancelotti - the longest serving coach in Serie A after joining Milan in 2001- was sounded out as possible option prior to Scolari's appointment last summer, but refused to leave Milan.

He claims that situation has not changed and has no intention of leaving the Rossoneri before his contract expires in June 2010, regardless of whether or not Chelsea launch another raid for his services.

Ancelotti told La Stampa: "Every year at this stage of the season there are the same stories, but I am not worried.

"Last year the only club that made an approach was Chelsea. In the summer I met Abramovich but I didn't want to leave AC Milan.

"It is the same thing now, I am not thinking about leaving."

Meanwhile, Blues legend Zola is reportedly the man the players and supporters want in charge at Stamford Bridge when Hiddink's short-term role ends in the summer.

Supporters held up a banner calling for Zola's return during the match with Hull City, while his assistant, former Chelsea No.2 Steve Clarke, remains popular with the Blues faithful.

While the West Ham manager admits the ties will always remain, he and Clarke are focused on the job in hand at Upton Park.

Zola told Sky Sports News: "The only thing I think I can express, and I think Steve wants to say, is that we wish them well.

"I was pleased, but I am here, that's the important thing. It is a club that I want to do very well, and Clarkey thinks the same.

"It is very pleasant because it means they have a lot of faith and trust in you and it means we are doing a good job over here.

"I am very happy with what I am doing here. We have a project which we are just starting. I have still got a lot to learn from the job and a lot to give to the club."

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