Chelsea have held talks with AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, it has been revealed.

The Daily Mail says a meeting between representatives of both parties took place at the George V Four Seasons Hotel in Paris on Monday.

Chelsea received enough encouragement to offer the Italian a four-year contract at £6m-a-season.

However, last night they were forced to release a statement admitting they had not come to an agreement.

Roman Abramovich appears to have decided on Ancelotti after advice from his personal scout Piet de Visser as well as his inner circle at Stamford Bridge.