Chelsea in talks with Ancelotti yesterday

Chelsea held face-to-face talks with AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti yesterday, it has been revealed.

The Guardian says Chelsea officials met Carlo Ancelotti and his representatives last night seeking assurances from the Italian that he still intends to swap San Siro for Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with serious doubts growing over whether the first-choice candidate to succeed Guus Hiddink will pledge himself to a proposed three-year contract in west London.

The club called the face-to-face meeting anxious to discover where they stand in the search for a permanent manager three weeks before the season ends.