Thursday, 25 April 2013

The Rumour Mill: Ancelotti's future unclear as AC Milan and Juventus are warned off PSG stars

Like Clash singer Mick Jones, Carlo Ancelotti appears to be caught in two minds: Should I stay or should I go?

Rumours linking the Paris Saint-Germain boss with a switch to Real Madrid have been swirling around for some months, and L’Equipe today says a deal to take the Italian to the Bernabau is “90 per cent done.”

You can see why Ancelotti is undecided: On the one hand he could move to a vastly wealthy club, with huge expectations, temperamental superstar players and complex internal politics. On the other he could stay at an, er, vastly wealthy club, with huge expectations, temperamental superstar players and complex internal politics.

"We want Carlo to stay, but first of all we have to win the league," said Leonardo of his coach. "That's our absolute priority. After that, it will be up to Carlo to decide and to see whether or not he wants to continue at the helm of PSG."

Not exactly a heartfelt bid to keep Carletto is it? I’ve always felt that Ancelotti would be with us next season, but now I’m not so sure.

Anyway, Leo has been busy talking to the press this week, and the gist of his various interviews is EVERYONE IS STAYING HURRAH FOR US. Ok, I’ve paraphrased somewhat, but PSG’s director of football denied reports that he is going to head a summer exodus back to Serie A, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (linked with Juventus), Ezequiel Lavezzi (AC Milan) and Marco Verratti (Juventus again).

"I will be staying at PSG, and I've never had any intention of leaving," said Leo. "Ibra will still be with Paris next season, that's quite clear."

A move to Juventus would, according to the Gazetto dello Sport, involve Zlatan taking a massive paycut from €12 to €7million per season. I’m no mathematician, but this doesn’t sound like a great deal to me, though I’m sure with a bit of economising here and there the Ibra family could probably get by. Maybe he’ll have to sell a car or something.

Zlatan himself seems worryingly keen on a move, though this may be because he is traumatised after being snogged by Renato Civelli in Sunday’s match against Nice. If I had an amorous Civelli on my tail I’d probably want to leave the country too.

“I’m tied to Paris Saint-Germain by a contract,” remarked The Swede, sounding like a middle-aged housewife referring to her loveless marriage.

“However, to be wanted by Juventus, if that is true, would be an honour because they are a fantastic club, for whom I have already played.

“Their team is strong and they have a great project. However, I’m here in Paris and I’m thinking about winning the title with PSG.”

Zlatan’s new strike partner/replacement could be Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who has reportedly agreed terms on a summer switch to the Parc des Princes. However, Leo has poured cold water on this rumour too.

"The Uruguayan is not our goal this summer," said Leo. "You should not expect a sensational transfer market [from PSG] because we already have champions."

Expect to see Cavani turning up at the Parc des Princes in July then.

PSG are certainly going to need at least one striker at this rate, as Kevin Gameiro looks increasingly certain to quit the club. Lyon are the latest club to show an interest in the former Lorient front man, who is understandably disgruntled about spending most of the season with his butt firmly nailed to the substitutes bench.


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