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Apr 11, 2011

Ancelotti dismisses speculation

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his future is "already decided" despite speculation mounting ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United.

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Chelsea, last season's Premier League and FA Cup winners, require a victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday if they are to have any realistic hope of winning silverware this season.

Having lost the first leg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, there have been rumours that Roman Abramovich will seek a new manager if they fail to turn things around and book their place in the semi-finals, but Ancelotti claims the result will have no bearing.

"My future is already decided," Ancelotti said. "I don't have a problem with this game. It is not important that I have to speak with Roman. When I have a contract, everything is okay with him.

"I have played this kind of game with this kind of pressure - but it is not pressure. It is excitement because to be involved in this game is fantastic for my career.

"I am not afraid; I am not worried about this. I'm happy to have a possibility to be involved in this game, to use my ability and my skill to give to the players the skills to play at their best."

Ancelotti also confirmed that Fernando Torres would feature at Old Trafford despite the striker passing up several chances to end his goal drought in the 1-0 win over Wigan on Saturday.

"I'm not interested in a goal for Fernando," he said. "I'm interested in Chelsea winning this game. If he scores it's good for him and for Chelsea, but it's just important to win here."

Ancelotti then confirmed that Torres will play although, when asked whether he would start, he replied: "I don't know this."

Michael Essien believes Torres will score regularly as soon as he opens his Chelsea account.

"Nando is one of the best strikers in the world, in Europe, at this moment," he said. "When he starts scoring, all the noise about him will stop. It's just a matter of time.

"Coming into a new club, he needs to settle. The players and the club have no doubts about him. We know he's going to deliver."

He added: "To be honest, we're not concerned. We know it's going to come. He's been working very hard and has everyone's support. We just have to be patient. He'll start scoring for us in time."

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