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Mourinho expects Ancelotti to lead Chelsea

sports Updated: May 22, 2009 19:10 IST

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Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho said on Friday that friends at Chelsea have told him AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti will be put in charge at the London club.

Ancelotti has long been seen as a top candidate to replace caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, and AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said this week that the club could make an announcement on the coach's future as early as Monday.

"My friends at Chelsea tell me it will be Carlo," Mourinho told Sky Italia. "Some players are asking me the typical question; 'Gaffer, will he be good for us, do you think it will be positive?' "I responded that he seems to me to be a very well prepared coach, very close to his players who can create an atmosphere of great empathy with his players."

Mourinho led Chelsea to two straight Premier League titles before leaving the club last season after a spat with owner Roman Abramovich.

"If (Ancelotti) adapts well to Chelsea, he has a group of players who are waiting for a good coach in order to win because it is a squad that wants to win," Mourinho said. "And if he asks my opinion, I will tell him that with these players and with this club, he should not think too much because it is a great adventure for him."