Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Chelsea do not need Steven Pienaar, who chose Tottenham over the Barclays Premier League champions earlier this week.
Privately, Chelsea were annoyed at the South Africa midfielder and his representatives for making the finalising of contract details a priority over meeting their manager.
Ancelotti offered to meet Pienaar several times even though he had not earmarked the player as one he wanted.
Ancelotti said: ' I didn't seek for Steven Pienaar to come here. We don't need a midfielder because we have fantastic midfielders already. You have to ask him why he chose to go to Tottenham. I've never met him.'
The Chelsea boss will spend the weekend hoping the two Manchester clubs, as well as Arsenal and Spurs, drop points before his side travel to Bolton on Monday.
With his team seven points behind leaders United having played a game more, Ancelotti has set his side the aim of reaching 80 points - six fewer than they got last season - to give them any hope of retaining their title. That means Chelsea can drop only six more points.
Ancelotti added: 'I hope 80 points will be enough to win the league. That would be very difficult for us but we still have a chance. With maybe five teams competing for the title, you'll need fewer points to win it this year.
Injury doubts: John Terry (left) and Frank Lampard (right)
'The important test will come against Bolton. We have not won away since October. This is the reason we've lost our position in the table. But we haven't changed our philosophy away from home and the players haven't lost belief in their ability to play away.'
Ancelotti's other concern is to see how Frank Lampard (calf) and John Terry (back) respond to treatment on injuries picked up in training this week. While he is hopeful Terry will play, Lampard is more of a doubt.
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