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Chelsea Coach Ancelotti Denies He’s Considering Quitting Club

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti denied he’s considering quitting the Premier League soccer champion.

There’s been media speculation about his future after the team suffered three defeats in its last four league games and as Ray Wilkins was dropped as assistant manager. Ancelotti said he hasn’t offered to quit.

“These rumors are totally untrue, I don’t know why they came out,” Ancelotti told a televised news conference.

Wilkins has said he was the victim of an “undoubtedly unfair” dismissal, and the League Managers’ Association is assisting him after his departure. Chelsea said it will meet the termination provisions in his contract and is in amicable talks with his legal advisers.

Ancelotti denied reports that he’d contacted the LMA to discuss his own position. The 51-year-old Italian said the LMA called him to ask about the situation at the club.

“They called me last night when I was at home to find out what was happening,” he said. “I have my contract until 2012, I’ve said a lot of times that I’d like to stay here.”

Chelsea leads Manchester United on goal difference at the top of the league after a 1-0 defeat at Birmingham two days ago. It hosts MSK Zilina tomorrow in the group stage of the Champions League.

“My position in the club is very clear,” Ancelotti added. “I am the coach and I have to train my players to maintain the team, the club, at the best level. Now, this moment is not so good on the pitch and we have to do better there.”

Ancelotti was named manager in June 2009 on a three-year contract following his exit from AC Milan, where his trophies included two wins in European soccer’s elite Champions League and a Serie A title.

He’s Chelsea’s sixth manager since billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the team in 2003, following Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink.

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