Even without David Beckham, coach Carlo Ancelotti likes what he sees at Paris Saint-Germain.
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The former AC Milan and Chelsea manager, who took over as PSG coach last week, won’t have Beckham on his team but said Tuesday he will be looking to buy new players in the coming weeks.
”I think we can improve this team, improve organization, the playing, the personality and the pride of this team,” said Ancelotti, whose players are training in Doha before heading to Dubai for a friendly against AC Milan on Wednesday.
”These (owners) are all people who love football and they want their team be first in France and in Europe in general,” Ancelotti said. ”It’s a team of ambitious people and this is very important for a coach. It gives me great motivation.”
Since the Qatari owners took over in July, PSG has spent ?82 million ($116 million) on players and they expect to sign more, even if Beckham is not one of them.
”David Beckham is not coming,” Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser al-Khelaifi said. ”We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal today. Maybe in the future.”
Although PSG leads the French league, the club’s elimination from the Europa League and French League Cup did not sit well with the owners.
Ancelotti, who led Milan to the Champions League title in 2003 and 2007, said he was ”excited” about the prospect of turning PSG into the best side in Europe.
”The players have the quality to win the league,” Ancelotti said. ”I’m excited because this club wants to reach the top position in Europe, not just in France.”
Ancelotti also said he was looking forward to the friendly against Milan. It will be the first match for the 52-year-old Italian, who last coached at Chelsea, which he guided to the Premier League and FA Cup double two seasons ago.
”It’s strange because I have to play against Milan,” Ancelloti said. ”I have a lot of friends there. I know a lot of people. It’s good for the team to play against Milan, which is a strong team with experience, tradition. It will be good training.”