Ancelotti: I'll strip naked if I break my word on transfers
Published 12:58 24/12/09 By Martin Lipton
CARLO ANCELOTTI last night promised he was talking the bare truth about Chelsea’s January transfer policy as he vowed: “I’ll streak round Cobham if I’m telling lies!”
Chelsea boss Ancelotti suffered a double blow ahead of today’s trip to Birmingham as it emerged Didier Drogba will leave for African Nations Cup duty on Monday morning while Nicolas Anelka has a torn hamstring.
Daniel Sturridge will make his first league start for the Blues at St Andrews and he and Italian teenager Fabio Borini will be the only fit and available strikers left on the books from the start of next week.
Chelsea have been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero, Ajax’s Uruguayan frontman Luis Suarez and other strikers, especially after the club successfully asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suspend the transfer ban hanging over the club for the Gael Kakuta affair.
But Ancelotti, who will not exercise the option of recalling Franco Di Santo from his loan spell at Blackburn, insisted he was deadly serious about bringing nobody in - and is ready to pay the price if he is telling porkies.
Ancelotti said: “I can tell you I will not be buying anybody in January. Absolutely no way.
“I am willing to pay a forfeit if I do, even to run round the training ground naked!
“Of course, there are coaches in Italy who say that you should never say anything is 100 per cent. You should always say 99.99 per cent.
“But I am not changing my mind about the transfer window.
“We have a lot of confidence in my strikers. Not only Drogba, not only Kalou, not only Anelka. Also Sturridge and Borini.
“I have not asked for new players to my club. And Roman Abramovich hasn’t asked me if I need any.
“In my opinion, I think that we have good solutions internally even when we lose the African players.
“If you have new players, maybe it’s a problem in February or March, when the others come back and are available. We don’t need them in this moment, to have new players.