Carlo Ancelotti, who wants to quit Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and succeed Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, has found his escape route blocked by the French champions’ Qatari owners.
Ancelotti has been tipped to replace Mourinho at Real in the northern summer with the Portuguese expected to return to Chelsea and the Italian coach made clear his desire to go to Spain despite having one more year left on his PSG contract.
“My wish is to leave the club,” said the 53-year-old after meeting PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi yesterday.
“I have asked to leave. We are going to wait for a response from the club who are going to take a few days to decide.”
But al-Khelaifi insisted that Ancelotti, who this season led PSG to a first title since 1994, is going nowhere.
“He said that he wanted to leave for Real Madrid. I said it’s not possible because he has a contract for another year – that is our decision,” al-Khelaifi told Beinsport.fr.
“It’s his problem, not ours. We have even offered him another year on his contract. When you have a contract, you are usually obliged to honour it.”
But rumours that he is set to replace Mourinho at Real when this season finishes had been gathering pace.
Those were only enhanced yesterday morning when several Spanish newspapers claimed the Portuguese boss would leave before the end of the current campaign.
Madrid sports daily Marca ran the headline “he is going to Chelsea”, adding that “Real Madrid could make his goodbye official this week”.
Meanwhile, Chelsea ended a historic week on a high through a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Everton in front of a near-capacity crowd of 41 794.
A jovial mood existed in the stadium way before kick-off as The Blues fans basked in the glory of being the only club to hold the Uefa Champions League and Europa League Cup at the same time.
That is until Saturday, though, when an all-German Champions League will be fought out between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who incidentally finished first and second in the Bundesliga.
The festivities preceded the match as long-time record holder Bobby Tambling, who netted 202 times for Chelsea, handed a golden boot to new record holder Frank Lampard who recently notched up his 203rd strike.
The win ensured Chelsea a third-place in the Barclays Premiership, ahead of London rivals Arsenal, meaning they will play straight in the Champions League proper and not have to go through the preliminary rounds.
Chelsea’s footballer of the year, Juan Mata, opened the scoring seven minutes into play but his strike was cancelled by Steve Naismith seven minutes later.
And striker Fernando Torres brought the house down with a deft touch when he stabbed the ball into the net competing work of fellow Samsung-Chelsea FC Dream The Blues ambassador Mata crossed for Nigerian international Victor Moses to delicately chest the ball down before laying it in the Spanish striker’s path.
Another London club, Tottenham Hotspur, missed out on a Champions League spot despite a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.
Chelsea ended on 75 points, Arsenal 73 and Spurs 72.
Everton’s consolation will come from the fact that they at least finished sixth, a slot ahead of neighbours Liverpool.
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