Sunday 19 January 2020

PSG reject Real approach for Ancelotti

Jeremy Wilson

Jose Mourinho's expected return to Chelsea has moved another significant step forward after his current club Real Madrid made what Paris St-Germain are treating as an official approach for Carlo Ancelotti.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said that he had been contacted by Jose Angel Sanchez, the Madrid general manager, askiing to open upnegotiations with Ancelotti (right).

It has long been known that Mourinho would almost certainly leave Spain this summer and a move for Ancelotti further paves the way for the self-styled 'Special One' to fulfil his stated desire to return "where I am loved" at Chelsea.

"A few days ago, the general manager of Real Madrid contacted me to talk to Ancelotti," said Al-Khelaifi. "Very quickly, I told them: 'If you want to have Carlo, you need to know that he has a year left on his contract, so please respect the contract. Today, we do not have the same stature as Real Madrid, but we do deserve the same respect'.

"He apologised and told me he had thought Ancelotti's contract was expiring but I told him that was wrong. He told me they would take that into account. We want to keep Carlo, everybody loves him here, the players, the supporters and myself."

Negotiations between Mourinho and Chelsea are nearing completion and it's also now expected that Frank Lampard, the club's new all-time record goalscorer, will sign a one-year contract extension.

There will be a special presentation to Lampard when Chelsea meet Everton on Sunday at Stamford Bridge in recognition of him surpassing Bobby Tambling's old record of 202 goals.

Lampard's hopes of starting in tomorrow's Europa League final against Benfica have also received a significant boost following Eden Hazard's hamstring injury.

Captain John Terry is highly unlikely to start after suffering an ankle injury in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa but was, in any case, expected to be a substitute.

Although renowned for his physical bravery, Terry's mobility has come under question in recent months and Rafael Benitez, the interim manager, will be aware that Benfica's main threat derives from their technical quality. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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