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Ancelotti thinks long term with Blues

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Carlo Ancelotti wants to remain at Chelsea for as long as possible and then bring down the curtain on his career in six years time.

The former AC Milan coach admits he has changed his mind about retiring on a number of occasions since he began his managerial adventure in 1995.

"I thought I'd close my career in 2005 but after the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool, I thought it was better to continue," he said. "Now, my stop is 2015."

He added: "I hope to stay here. It depends not only on me. But I can say that, after three months here, I hope to stay a long time."

Ancelotti will aim for his seventh straight win in the Barclays Premier League at Wigan on Saturday.

He will include midfielder Joe Cole, who made his long awaited comeback against Queens Park Rangers in the Carling Cup in midweek.

The 28-year-old will start on the substitute's bench but Ancelotti already believes Cole can soon rediscover his top form and even force his way back into England's World Cup plans.

Cole set up Salomon Kalou's winning goal against Rangers and showed no ill-effects from the knee ligament damage which ended his season last January.

"Joe played very well and shows very good condition," said Ancelotti. I'm very happy for him. After eight months out, it's not easy to play like he does.

"I'm sure that England coach Fabio Capello knows him very well. I'm sure Joe can do very good things for the England team. He had great matches in the past with England. He can return and put this quality on the pitch for the national team."

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