In an update for the official website this morning, Carlo gave us a few interesting nuggets to think about in this transfer window. First, Ancelotti addressed the rumors that have leaked to the media in the last several hours about Gael Kakuta possibly heading to Fulham on loan:
'We are thinking about it,' Ancelotti admitted. 'It is good for our young players to play games and we are thinking about this, but we didn't take a decision about Kakuta"
Just hearing this, I'd guess the club is leaning in the direction of a loan and are trying to find the best situation for the player. With the window drawing to a close, I'd expect to hear something a little more concrete soon. Next, Ancelotti addressed the David Luiz situation:
'Luiz is not here and I think he will not be available for the game!' the Italian joked, 'so it is not right to speak about this. I am waiting for the end of the transfer market, if there are new players it means we needed to have these players, if not it means we didn't need to.'
Not much of a denial there Carlo...It sounds like he wants him and is simply waiting for the deal to be finalized. Finally, Carlo addressed the rumors of our failure to come to terms with Pienaar:
'You have to ask Pienaar, not me. I didn't speak with him. I never met in my life Steven Pienaar.
'I didn't search Steven Pienaar to come here to play for Chelsea. We don't need a midfielder, we don't need to have these kind of players.'
I'm really not sure what to make of that one. At first glance, I'd assume it meant that the media reports were just wrong about our interest. Reflecting on it a little though, it wouldn't surprise me if we were just so far apart on salary initially that we never bothered to really negotiate. Either way, I think we are better off having missed out on Pienaar, as he really seems an aging redundant piece on this squad.
Graham's note: Looks like Steve and I double posted here. Whoopsies.