Chelsea are once again being linked with a move for AC Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko after the Ukranian international was caught by Italian television arguing with manager Carlo Ancelotti at the Milanello training ground.
Shevchenko, 29, apparently said to Ancelotti: “If you want me here fine but if not I’ll leave.”
The row is understood to have started as a result of Shevchenko not wanting to join Milan’s tour of the US, instead preferring to stay in Italy as he recovers from a facial operation.
Chelsea reportedly bid £57m for Shevchenko earlier in the summer but were told by the Milan that he wasn’t for sale at any price.
The Rossoneri have since added Inter’s Christian Vieri and Parma’s Alberto Gilardino to their already potent strikeforce, fuelling rumours of Shevchenko’s departure for Stamford Bridge in a world record deal.
Shevchenko’s Milan row dismissed · Update
Andriy Shevchenko’s spokesman has told BBC Sport that the player is staying at Milan.
He said neither Shevchenko nor the club was taking the training ground spat too seriously, and that he was happy at the San Siro.
Count on at least five more Andriy Shevchenko linked with Chelsea rumours before the end of the current transfer window.
Shevchenko rules out Chelsea — again · Update
Andriy Shevchenko has told Sky Sports News he does not want to move to Chelsea and his heated talk with Ancelotti has changed nothing.
“I don’t want to go to Chelsea. I want to stay here,” he said.
“I love Milan and Milan loves me.
“I had a discussion with Carlo Ancelotti about the decision to have my face operated again. I need to have metal pieces removed from my face.
“I have done nothing wrong. I discussed with Milan’s surgeon that it was possible, and we decided on surgery.
“There was obviously a lack of communication with the coach. I thought he had been told. He hadn’t. It’s not my fault.
“Ancelotti was angry about it, and I understood it, because he thought there was a delay. I tried to explain everything to him, and I think everything is clear now.”
Ancelotti has also dismissed speculation about Shevchenko’s future.
“Sheva remains a fundamental player for us and I can assure he will surely remain at Milan,” said Ancelotti.
“It was a normal talk between a player and his coach, not bounded to his surgery.”