Ancelotti confident over Chelsea transfer appeal

Carlo Ancelotti is confident Chelsea's appeal against FIFA's transfer ban will be successful.

Chelsea have been banned from signing any new players during the next two transfer windows, after FIFA found them guilty of inducing teenager Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with Lens two years ago.

The west London club have appealed through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to get the decision overturned.

"The decision was a surprise for me. But now the club are appealing, and we have to wait for a good result for us," said Ancelotti. "We hope that they overturn the decision. Now, the transfer embargo is not a problem because we have a very good team and very good players - but in the future, we'll have to wait and see.



"Now I have to think about my job and about my players. I haven't spoken to owner Roman Abramovich about it, but it's not necessary for me to do that. I don't have to speak to Roman about this situation."

Chelsea have spent the summer snapping up their stars on long-term contract extensions, but Ancelotti insists that was more about the future of the club than suspecting FIFA would hit them with a transfer ban.

"Getting players on long-term deals - given this decision - is very important. But that's not about this decision," he said.

"It's more about the future of this club - to have John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole in this team and at this club for years to come."

Leaders Chelsea travel to Stoke tomorrow, hoping to make it five straight wins and - with their Champions League adventure beginning against Porto at home on Tuesday night. There are also games against Tottenham and Liverpool coming up.

"We're entering a very important period for us now," Ancelotti acknowledges.

"But I think we're in a good situation to do very well. Up to October, we have a lot of matches - and we have to do the maximum and the best.

"After this period, we'll know better how our season is going to pan out."

Stoke have also started the season well - and Ancelotti admits City's long throw-in tactics, courtesy of Rory Delap, are a dangerous invention that he's never come across before in his managerial career.

"It's a fantastic throw-in, a fantastic situation, and a new situation for me," he added. "It's very dangerous. But, for sure, we have to take counter measures to stop it.

"We want to go to Stoke to play football. This is a particular situation, tactic, but we have to control it. Our objective is to play."

Chelsea will be without Portugal midfielder Deco, who injured his calf on international duty in midweek. He is expected back to face Porto.

Yuri Zhirkov is still out with his knee problem, but Ancelotti moved quickly to quash growing speculation that the midfielder will need surgery.

The club's £18million summer signing from CSKA Moscow has yet to kick a ball in anger in the Premier League, but the Chelsea coach is confident the injury can be controlled and improved without the need for an operation.

"Now, at the moment, we don't think he needs surgery," said Ancelotti. "He's working with the team. Yesterday he worked with us.

"We have to control the situation. For the moment, he's not very well but he is improving. Next week we have to control his body. If he has improved, he can start to play matches again.

"He is improving. He didn't play with the national team because he's not fit now, but he is improving. At the moment, he doesn't need surgery."

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