Chelsea don’t need £70m Torres and Real can forget about Cole, says boss Ancelotti

July 17th, 2010

Carlo Ancelotti insisted Ashley Cole will stay at Chelsea and claimed he does not need Fernando Torres from Liverpool.

England left-back Cole, 29, is unsettled following his split from wife Cheryl and the outcry over his message sent to friends before the World Cup saying that he ‘hated England’.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who signed Cole for Chelsea four years ago, is considering a £30million bid but Ancelotti is confident that Cole will be a Chelsea player next season.

After yesterday’s 1-0 friendly win at Crystal Palace, the Chelsea boss said: ‘I don’t need to speak with him and he doesn’t need to speak to me. He’s a Chelsea player and had a fantastic season last season. He will be an important player for us next season, 100 per cent.’

Ancelotti says Cole will not be joined by £50m-rated Torres when he returns to the club for pre-season training.

Chelsea have been strongly tipped to launch a £50m British record bid for Torres and although Ancelotti rejected the idea of signing the Spain and Liverpool striker, he said he is unsure what may develop.

‘Nothing has changed because Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka come back in the next days, and we also have Daniel Sturridge, so I don’t think we need other strikers,’ the manager added.

‘I’m happy because this team won the Premier League and FA Cup.

‘I don’t know what will happen until the end of the market but I’m happy to have this squad at the moment.’

Source: Daily Mail

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