Ancelotti not thinking of clear out

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Carlo Ancelotti insists it is far too early to talk about a summer clear out at Stamford Bridge following Chelsea's Champions League exit to Inter Milan.

Chelsea's Italian coach has already refocused his seasonal ambitions on achieving the domestic League and FA Cup double following their disastrous European exit in midweek.

But when asked if he was looking at a major overhaul of the squad during the summer, Ancelotti replied: "We haven't planned. It's not the time now to plan. We have 11 matches left until the end of the season and, after them, we'll have a lot of time to speak about the future of this team."

While Ancelotti remains adamant that he has not spoken to owner Roman Abramovich about plans for next season, he accepts there will be new faces.

"It's normal that, with a new season, there are new faces," added the Italian. "This is normal.

"Really, now, I want to think about this team. I want to put this team in the best position until the end of the season.

"Now is not the right moment, we have other things to think about. We have to look at the Premier League and the FA Cup.

"This is not an easy moment because we are out of the important competition, the Champions League, and we are disappointed about this.

"But this is football and we have to look forward to the next game. We have to have a very good reaction in the next game. Every game will be very important for us.

"We have 10 or 11 games before the end of the season and we can still do a fantastic season. We are involved in two important competitions so, after this disappointment, we need to have a good reaction."

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