Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has been subject to fresh speculation about a move away from the Blues after his former Italy team-mate Ruggiero Rizzitell claimed he had held talks with Italian club AS Roma.
Roma is currently under caretaker manager Vincenzo Montella after Claudio Ranieri resigned last month following a 4-3 loss to Genoa after surrendering a 3-0 lead. Ironically, Ranieri was spotted at Chelsea's Cobham training ground on Thursday catching up with old friends he made during his time as manager of Chelsea.
Rizzitell's claims come at a time when Ancelotti faces intense pressure to deliver, which he did to an extent in the 2-1 win against Manchester United on Tuesday, after his side surrendered a commanding position at the top of the table in Novermber to the current fourth in the table, 12 points behind leaders Manchester United, harbouring only mathematical hopes of retaining the title.
Rizzitell told the Daily Mail, I believe there are negotiations with Ancelotti and Roma already. But it all depends on how much money is available. If Ancelotti comes to Roma, he expects a competitive side. So we have to see how much cash the owners are willing to provide for him as he will need the money to bring in important players.
Ancelotti is a coach who earns big money, and so it's normal that he would have to reduce his demands to come to Roma.
It remains to be seen how Ancelotti responds to the speculation. But it is widely expected that come the end of the season, he will leave the side with whom he won the double last year, especially if he fails to deliver Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's Champions League dream.