Lyon eye Ancelotti
By Patrick Haond & Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that he has made enquiries about Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The French champions are seeking out a new coach, with Paul Le Guen set to move on at the end of the season in order to test himself in a new league.
Aulas is in no rush to bring in a new man, as he is determined to make the correct choice, but he says Ancelotti would be an ideal appointment.
Ancelotti is still reeling from Milan's UEFA Champions League defeat at the hands of Liverpool and it remains to be seen if he fancies moving on from the San Siro, but he has emerged as a target for Lyon.
"He is an attractive coach," Aulas told L'Equipe. "But we have to see the financial aspect and the language. He doesn't speak French, but speaks English.
"I have already asked for information about him. But a coach cannot speak the language and still get great results: like Benitez.
"We can also have a coach that speaks Portuguese, with all the Brazilians we have, and who speaks French.
"We won't be short of solutions."
It would appear that Milan are in no mood to lose their coach, as vice-president Adriano Galliani affirmed his faith in Ancelotti.
"I can calm everyone, Ancelotti stays with us," Galliani told Milan Channel. "There is complete faith in this coach and we will start the fourth season with him."
Aulas, meanwhile, is set to speak to striker Sidney Govou in a bid to keep him at the club.
Govou has indicated that he will move on in search of a fresh challenge, but Aulas is determined to try and keep him at Stade Gerland.
"I will meet Sidney soon, to see if he wants to stay with us," added Aulas.
Lyon are likely to be busy in the transfer market this summer and the club have been linked with a move for Sochaux's Wilson Oruma.
Oruma has yet to agree a new deal with Sochaux and is likely to have a clutch of teams on his trail.