Carlo Ancelotti: I wanted Franck Ribery at Chelsea

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he tried to sign Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Though the current Paris Saint Germain boss denied he was trying to sign the France international at the moment.

“It's a bluff,” he is quoted as saying by Le10 Sport in an interview with Canal Football Club.

“But I tried to get Ribery, when I was at Chelsea. It was too expensive, so it does not happen.”

Ancelotti may not have got his man at the time, but he still tasted a great deal of success while at Chelsea, leading them to a Premier League and FA Cup double in the 2010-11 season.

However, it will be an enticing thought for Chelsea fans to imagine what they might have succeeded had Blues owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned a big money move for the man Bayern purchased from Marseille in 2006 for a reported €25million.

The quoted fee was likely to be astronomical for even Chelsea’s oligarch owner to baulk at it.

Ribery has become a key man since his move to Bavaria and is generally considered one of the best attacking players in Europe.

Chelsea are not doing too badly without him at the moment, with Abramovich having dipped into his pockets to recruit some of the most exciting young attacking talent in world football, in the form of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata.

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