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Ancelotti wants Joe Cole and Anelka to sign up

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insists that Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka remain part of his plans and wants both to sign long-term contracts to help Chelsea during a 18-month transfer ban they remain confident of over-turning.

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Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from signing any new players for the next two transfer windows. The club was found guilty of inducing teenager Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with Lens two years ago.

Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, and John Terry have all signed new long-terms deals since the summer. Ancelotti now wants Anelka and Joe Cole to follow suit.

"I don't speak with the players about the contract," said Ancelotti. "But for me Joe Cole is a very good player and he has to stay in the club and so does Nicolas Anelka."

Meanwhile, Chelsea are putting together a case against the ban and believe they can prove their signing of Kakuta is legitimate. A source tells the News of the World that Kakuta did even have a contract with French club Lens in the first place and so Chelsea had carried out the correct checks and balances before signing the young midfielder.

The source says: "There is a vastly experienced administrative team at the club who have dealt with these situations over many years and to suggest Chelsea would ride rough-shod over these regulations is ridiculous. The club received international clearance from the French authorities which gave them permission to approach Kakuta."


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