Monday, January 24, 2011

Martin Samuel: Roman Abramovich's power play has insulted a good man in Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Chelsea, says he was not interested in signing Steven Pienaar. Someone at his club was, though, because Everton announced last week that they had agreed terms with Chelsea for the player.

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, eventually got the deal over the line for his club, but not before casting a quizzical eye on the transfer machinations at Stamford Bridge.

'It's all very strange that they suddenly offered £3m for him,' he said. 'The manager of Chelsea, who's a lovely guy and honest as the day is long, went on television and denied they made an offer. So I don't know who did it.'

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