CARLO ANCELOTTI rang Carlos Tevez on holiday to beg him: Come and join me at Chelsea.
Tevez, in Buenos Aires, was shocked to hear from the new Stamford Bridge chief.
But the striker was also impressed that the Blues boss had called him personally on Sunday night. As a result, Chelsea, not Manchester City, are favourites to steal his signature.
A source close to the Argie national team said: “Carlos was stunned to get the call from Ancelotti but also very pleased.
“Ancelotti did a great job selling the move and Carlos was impressed.”
Tevez was relaxing after last week’s World Cup games. Ancelotti had got hold of his mobile phone number from the player’s former national team-mate Hernan Crespo.
Ancelotti also asked Crespo to ring Tevez to help persuade him to move to West London.
Former Blues ace Crespo did this and told him what Ancelotti could do for his career.
Chelsea must now come up with the £26million the player’s agent and co-owner Kia Joorabchian wants for the 25-year-old.
The news will not please Manchester United as Tevez is contracted to them as part of their £6m two-year loan deal until the end of this month.
Yet they can hardly have any complaints after dragging their feet over offering the fans’ favourite any kind of permanent deal.