Carlo Ancelotti insists that losing qualification for the Europa League would have no impact on Everton’s transfer plans.
Boss Blues is targeting a place in next season’s Europa League, but seven games from the end, he admits that it remains a “difficult” task.
If Manchester City’s UEFA ban is to be respected, an eighth place could be good enough for qualifying this season.
Yet Ancelotti, whose team is in twelfth position but only four points behind Spurs in seventh place, says that making sure that Europa League football won’t matter to the players that Everton hopes to sign when the transfer window opens. summer.
Football director Marcel Brands recently said that the Blues are only trying to attract three new players, but that it won’t be a “big spending” summer.
“Not at all,” said Ancelotti, when asked if losing football in the Europa League would change his transfer plans.
“We are not talking about next season. We are focused on this season and with or without Europe our plan for the future is clear.
“It would be a big hit for all of us at the club if all the fans could watch the European games, but it’s still a long way to go,” he added.
“Not long because there aren’t many games. It will be difficult but it is a possibility and we have to fight for the possibility. In the next two games we will play with strong teams Leicester and Tottenham and Sheffield United. There are many teams involved, so it will be exciting.”
Everton has been forced to change the scope of its transfer plans due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and Ancelotti says it has “created more difficulties”, but remains confident that it has money to spend.
“I think so, I think so”, when asked to have funds.
“We are not talking about this. The plan is very clear, the club is happy to improve the team.”
He added: “In general you have to take into account the financial position of the club and then you have to act considering this. This is absolutely normal.
“This is true [COVID-19] has created more difficulties, but the plan we have is clear enough and I hope it will be fine. “
Ancelotti also refuted the idea that he had been promised a sizeable transfer kitten when he joined the club in December.
“No, that’s not true,” he said.
“No, that’s not true. The plan is clear as I said from day one.
“Of course, if there is a possibility on the market and there is a possibility on the market because there are many good players around to improve this team, then the club is happy to do it.”