Carlo Ancelotti Reveals Drogba and Shevchenko Tried to Get Him to Rejoin Chelsea
Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Chelsea did try to get him back, and employed former strikers Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko in their attempts to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
The Italian was fired by Roman Abramovich in 2011, just one season after lifting the Premier League title and FA Cup with the Blues. But he has since gone on to win trophies at Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
Ancelloti led Madrid to La Decima in 2014, winning his third Champions League trophy in the process.
After the Russian’s firing of Jose Mourinho in December, Ancelotti was said to be one of the candidates for the job, and has now confirmed that he was contacted by the club, but turned down the offer to join Bayern instead.
According to Geman magazine Stern (H/T TZ), Ancelotti received phone calls from both Drogba and Shevchenko, two strikers who brought him much success in the past. The manager acknowledges the Blues’ interest, but did not admit that he spoke to the former Chelsea forwards.
He claims to be happy with his decision to join the German giants, and says that the reason he rejected Chelsea is because he gave his word to club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“I will not say here that players have called me, but yes, it is true, however, I had just given Karl-Heinz Rummenigge my word that I will come to Bayern. I have kept my word. And boy am I happy.”
Ancelotti has already won silverware at Bayern, having beaten Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the German Super Cup final last month, while the team currently sit top of the Bundesliga table with two wins out of two. Things really are looking up.