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Ancelotti hopeful over appeal

11 Sep 2009 - 14:16:24

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti expects the club to mount a successful appeal following their FIFA-imposed transfer ban.

The Stamford Bridge club have already begun their appeal through the Court of Arbitration for Sport after they were banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

FIFA imposed the ban after finding the Blues guilty of inducing teenager Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with French club Lens when joining them two years ago.

Ancelotti has admitted the sanctions came out of the blue, but fully expects a positive outcome following their appeal.

"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 the Italian, who took the helm earlier in the summer after leaving former club AC Milan.

"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."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has allayed fears that £18million summer signing Yuri Zhirkov requires surgery to cure a knee problem which has prevented the winger from making his debut.

"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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