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Ancelotti believes transfer plan is 'clear' and denies budget claims

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Carlo Ancelotti insists missing out on Europa League qualification would have no impact on Everton's transfer plans.

The Blues boss is targeting a place in next season's Europa League but with seven games to go, he admits it remains a "difficult" task.

Should Manchester City's Uefa ban be upheld then an eighth placed finish could be good enough for qualification this season.

Yet Ancelotti, whose side are in 12th but just four points behind seventh placed Spurs, says securing Europa League football will have no bearing on the players Everton hope to sign when the transfer window opens this summer.

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Director of football Marcel Brands said recently that the Blues are only looking to bring in three new players but that it won't be a summer of "big spending".

“Not at all," Ancelotti said, when asked if missing out on Europa League football would change his transfer plans.

"We are not talking about the next season. We are focused on this season and with or without Europa our plan for the future is clear.

“It would be a big achievement for all of us at the club if all the supporters could see European games but it is a long way to go," he added.

"Not long because there are not a lot of games. It will be difficult but it is a possibility and we have to fight for the possibility. The next two games we play strong teams Leicester and Tottenham and Sheffield United. There are a lot of teams involved, so it will be exciting.”

Everton have been forced to change the extent of their transfer plans because of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and Ancelotti says it has "created more difficulties" but he remains hopeful he will have some money to spend.

“I think so, I think so," when asked about having funds.

"We are not talking about this. The plan is very clear, the club is happy to improve the squad.".

He added: "In general you have to take into consideration the financial position of the club and then you have to act considering this. This is absolutely normal.

“It’s true this [COVID-19] has created more difficulties, but the plan that we have is quite clear and I hope it will be OK.”

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Ancelotti also refuted the idea that he was promised a sizeable transfer kitty when he joined the club in December.

“No, this is not true," he said.

"No, it’s not true. The project is clear as I said from the first day.

"For sure, if there is a possibility in the market, and there is a possibility in the market because there are a lot of good players around to improve this squad, then the club is happy to do this.”

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