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Carlo Ancelotti Talks Contract Extension With Chelsea

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Although the rumour mill has been suggesting for some time now that Carlo Ancelotti's departure from Stamford Bridge in the summer is a foregone conclusion, that memo apparently hasn't reached the Chelsea manager. That, or he's simply shrugged it off with a raise of a bushy eyebrow, which would be just his style.

Anyway, Ancelotti is ignoring the rumours and focusing on Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United, but he did take the time to slip in a comment about a possible extension to his time in London during an interview with the Guardian:

I would like to extend my contract because I love these players and this club. Obviously it is not just my decision, but I don't think they require me to win a trophy to retain my position.

-Carlo Ancelotti. Source: Guardian.

Considering the amount of flak Carlo's taken from the press and the fans for this rather mediocre Chelsea season, as well as the constant whisperings about his job safety (or lack thereof), it's a minor miracle that he'd want to extend his contract, which is set to expire at the end of the 2011/12 season. Assuming the likes of Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink don't want to return to Stamford Bridge in a managerial role, Carlo is about as good as we're going to get in a coach, so I'd be totally fine with him sticking around for the long haul.

Stability is good, and while we disagree on certain things - i.e. the role of the 4-4-2 in the modern game, squad rotation, and where-the-hell-is-Josh-McEachran, Carlo's won us a double and gotten the club to play some classy football. So if he wants to stick around, I'm hoping Roman Abramovich does his best to sign him up. As long as Josh gets to play someday.

Of course, that would be the sensible move, and we all know that the sensible move is rarely in Abramovich's playbook.