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Ancelotti: No PSG swoop for Anelka

Carlo Ancelotti says Nicolas Anelka will return to Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua and is not set to join Paris Saint-Germain.

The former France international has been training with PSG to keep up his fitness while his club are on their off-season break, which has led to speculation over the striker’s future.

However, Ancelotti is adamant Anelka will return to the Chinese Super League as expected.

“Anelka? Nothing has changed. He is training with us before resuming with his Chinese club,” he told reporters.

The Italian coach watched on as his side were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with relegation candidates Ajaccio on Friday, on a night where Lucas Moura made his much anticipated debut for the hosts, but Ancelotti was upbeat about the side’s display against the Corsicans despite failing to grab the three points.

“We could have done better if we played with more intensity in the first half,” he said.

“The second was better. Lucas (Moura) has been well, he did good things on the field.

“The team is in place, it is the same as in December. No result, but the performance was not bad.

“You cannot be happy with the result. This can happen sometimes. We must win the next match.”

PSG finished the game with ten men as Thiago Motta saw red, but there was other worrying news for the capital city outfit, as Thiago Silva limped off with an injury, but Ancelotti gave little away when quizzed on the extent of the knock.

PSG remain in first place, but with Lyon and Marseille due to play this weekend, they could find themselves third in Ligue 1 by the end of the round.

Sat 12 January, 2013
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