Chelsea boss Ancelotti: Borini, Sturridge can cover Drogba

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is happy to go with the kids when he loses his African players to the Nations Cup in January.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is happy to go with the kids when he loses his African players to the Nations Cup in January.

The Blues have been linked with Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero, Valencia's David Villa, AC Milan's Alexandre Pato and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, among others, after having their transfer ban temporarily lifted.

But Ancelotti believes Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini - who have just 20 minutes of Premier League experience between them this season - can make the step up when Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou head to Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

"Unless we suffer injuries, we are determined not to make changes to the team," said Ancelotti. "We have two forwards going to the Africa Cup of Nations - Drogba and Kalou - but climbing on their shoulders are two little boys with a great future: Sturridge and Borini - an 18-year-old from Bologna who is very, very, very interesting."

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