Carlo Ancelotti is hoping the incentive of earning a coveted spot in Fabio Capello’s England World Cup squad will bring out the best in Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.
Cole suffered a knee injury this time last year and has only recently returned to the squad, albeit a slow re-introduction under the Chelsea manager’s watchful eye.
And despite reports speculating of a move away from Stamford Bridge for the West Ham United youth product, Ancelotti is insistent that the player’s popularity should keep him in west London for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to the press, the Italian said: “He wants to stay and we want to keep him. We know the situation and we are talking with him.
“We are confident that Joe [Cole] wants to stay. He’s an important player for the squad and the fans. The fans like him and I think he will stay here.
“For Joe it’s an important moment. He came back from the injury and he has an important appointment to achieve this season.
“The World Cup means it’s important [for him] to play well for Chelsea. At this moment he has [a] good mental attitude and [is in] good condition.”
An empathetic Ancelotti acknowledged that the best is yet to come from the tricky Englishmen, and that such improvements should correlate with the player’s confidence.
“He could do better,” he added. “He must improve his confidence. I was out one year with injury, [and I know that] it’s not easy to return [after being out for so long].
“You need to have time to play and improve the confidence. It’s not easy to come back and do the best immediately.
“He’s very close. He played very well against Watford. Also the last game, maybe he met more difficulties playing in a new position.
“I think that for him it’s good motivation to get to the World Cup. Capello will look at his performances. He has a good chance of playing in the World Cup.”
Napadac Juventusa, Vincenzo Iaquinta je negirao nedavne glasine oko prelaska u Premier ligaski div Chelsea.
Izvjestaji u Engleskoj i Italiji tvrde da je Iaquinta u srcu Carlo Ancelottijevih transfer planova, prenosi Tuttosport, koji je, takodjer, izjavio da ce Florent Malouda preci u Torino kao dio dogovora izmedju ova dva kluba.
Iaquinta je, medjutim, ovo negirao.
“Ja ne mogu cekati da opet igram. Engleska? Dobro mi je gdje sam sad,” rekao je za sluzbenu stranicu kluba.
“Mogu biti sretan sto me povezuju sa transferom u drugi klub jer to je dokaz da me cijene, ali ja sam samo zainteresovan za Juventus, gdje sam dobro i nemam namjeru napustati Juventus.”
Talijanski reprenzentativac je zbog ozljede van terena od novembra, ali on je nestrpljiv da se sto prije vrati.
“Bio sam razocaran sto sam toliko dugo van terena, ali sam gotovo spreman dati doprinos.”
“Vjerujem u ovaj klub i njegove ljude. Uvjeren sam da jos uvijek imamo mogucnosti da radimo dobro.”
“Ne smijemo dopustiti da glasine utjecaju na nace ciljeve.”