Who needs Aguero when we've got Borini? Ancelotti vows to be thrifty

16 November 2009 03:52
High hopes: Fabio Borini

Carlo Ancelotti insists he will resist spending big in January because of the wealth of talent he has coming through the ranks at Chelsea.

The Blues have been linked with Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero, Valencia's David Villa, AC Milan's Alexandre Pato and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, among others, after having their transfer ban temporarily lifted.

But Ancelotti believes Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini - who have just 20 minutes of Premier League experience between them this season - can make the step up when Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou head to Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

'Unless we suffer injuries, we are determined not to make changes to the team,' said Ancelotti. 'We have two forwards going to the Africa Cup of Nations - Drogba and Kalou - but  climbing on their shoulders are two little boys with a great future: Sturridge and Borini - an 18-year-old from Bologna who is very, very, very interesting.'

FIFA banned Chelsea from making new signings for two transfer windows - effectively until January 2011 - over their signing of Gael Kakuta. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport have suspended the punishment until an appeal has been heard.

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With the possibility of the penalty still being imposed, it seems surprising that Chelsea would not spend, but Ancelotti also hit out his former Milan player Pato, making a move for the brilliant Brazilian seem unlikely.

Asked about AC Milan's resurgence under a more fluid style imposed by coach Leonardo in recent weeks, Ancelotti claimed he had been met with resistence at the San Siro when he tried to impose a more attacking approach.

Leonardo has also seen Ronaldinho rejuvenated in an attacking trident with the Brazilians playing on either side of Filippo Inzaghi or Marco Borriello.

'I had thought this (system) up last year,' said Ancelotti. 'Then I decided to give up.

'And do you want to know why? Because Pato was against this experiment and thought that we would waste his talent by isolating him in that corner on the right flank.

'Leonardo did well to convince Pato and then find a solution that in fact magnifies the qualities of the lad.'

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