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Sagna 'proud' of PSG link

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Thu, 16 May 2013 10:31:00

Carlo Ancelotti admits there is a chance he could still be at Paris Saint-Germain next season but he first needs to "clarify things" with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

The Italian's future with the Ligue 1 side has been at the centre of recent speculation and earlier this week PSG revealed they turned down an approach for their coach by Real Madrid.

Ancelotti has enjoyed a successful 17-month spell in the French capital, leading them to a runners-up finish in 2011/12 before lifting the league title this season.

And the 53-year-old admits he would be reluctant to leave PSG so soon.

"Of course there is a chance that I will stay," he told L'Equipe. "Today it is 50/50.

"I am settled here and I'm not a person who likes change.

"I was a little disappointed when I left Chelsea (in 2011). And if I leave Paris there will inevitably be sadness, that's normal.

"But in the meantime I want to clarify things (with the president). This applies to everything that has happened this season. A lot has gone on, some of it great, some not so great."

Ancelotti also played down the Madrid link, saying: "I have not met either Real Madrid's sporting director of the president."

The Minstermen sealed another season in the Football League with victory at Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day.

Manager Nigel Worthington, who replaced Gary Mills in March, steered his side to four wins and two draws in their last six matches as they finished four points above the bottom two.

"The fans have been phenomenal, home and away since I've been here," Worthington said.

"They have got behind the team and have made a big difference. The away support at York City has amazed me.

"There were 1,200 there for our final league game at Dagenham & Redbridge and that speaks volumes for themselves and York City."

Benitez's short-term stay at Stamford Bridge, in which he has never won over sections of the fans, is expected to come to an end after Sunday's clash with Everton.

He will sign off with silverware added to the trophy cabinet after Branislav Ivanovic's last-gasp header secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Benfica in Amsterdam.

Luiz told Sky Sports: "Many people said bad things about him this year, but he is a professional guy with a lot of character and he deserves a title this season. It is fantastic for him.

"He is a fantastic coach, I am so happy with this because he helped me a lot, he taught me many things this year."

And Azpilicueta added: "Football is like this, life is like this. Sometimes you change the players, you change the manager.

"I am very happy with him because I have played a lot of games and he gave me a lot of confidence.

"Life is meant to carry on, his career will carry on. He tried the best for Chelsea, I am a Chelsea player and I am very happy."

Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea this summer, with the former Blues boss tipped to leave Real Madrid.

Full-back Paulo Ferreira, who followed Mourinho to west London from Porto back in 2004, would welcome the chance to work with his old boss once again.

Ferreira told Sky Sports: "He is someone who came into Chelsea and this means titles; that is what the club wants.

"The last 10 years that he has been a coach you can see he succeeds in every league. That is why everyone wants to see him here, but let's see what happens."

Sagna's future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation for some time with the full-back preparing to enter the final year of his contract at Emirates Stadium.

The 30-year-old admits he is keeping his options open and that he will make a decision on his future when he meets with Arsenal officials at the end of the season.

"Of course it makes me proud to read PSG are interested. They are a very attractive club," Sagna told Le 10 Sport.

"Personally I've not been approached by PSG. I don't know if they have contacted my agent or if these are rumours.

"At Arsenal, in the dressing room they tease me every day telling me I will leave to play at PSG, but it is speculation.

"I don't know what is going to happen. I could very well extend my contract here in London but equally I could leave at the end of the season. I only have one year left on my contract. We will see.

"At the moment I am fully focused on Arsenal. I don't know what will happen this summer.

"I have to see the directors again regarding an extension to my contract. Monaco would be a new challenge. I don't close any door to PSG, Monaco or Arsenal."

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