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Steven Pienaar says he snubbed Chelsea to join Spurs because he wasn’t sure Carlo Ancelotti really wanted him.

Starsport can reveal Ancelotti’s low-key approach to talks with Pienaar helped the South African decide he was better off moving to London rivals Spurs.

In contrast, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp convinced Pienaar that the White Hart Lane club were going places.

A source close to the player said: “When Steven met Ancelotti he said very little and did not seem that bothered if he signed or not.

“Harry was totally the opposite. He told Steven he could could play him on the left, the right or even in the middle for Spurs and that they were going to go all the way in the Champions League and finish in the top four.

“He was so enthusiastic and bubbly that Steven knew straight away White Hart Lane was the place for him.”

Pienaar apparently felt that Chelsea, with an ageing squad, were a club in decline, whereas Spurs are on the way up.

Spurs and Chelsea both had £3m bids accepted for the 28-year-old, who will wear the No.40 shirt for Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Blues striker Didier Drogba has dismissed talk of the club retaining the title, admitting the team has been playing terribly for the last couple of months.

“I think first of all, instead of thinking about winning the title, we should think about winning two consecutive games,” he said in an interview with SI.com.

“Then we’ll see. It’s not a joke, it’s true. We have to think about winning two consecutive games.

“That’s being realistic, and it shows how bad we’ve been doing for the last month and a half. It has to change.”

Chelsea have not won back-to-back league games since late October, but have the opportunity to do so if they can beat Bolton at the Reebok on Monday.

Drogba added: “When you don’t win games you lose confidence.

“The only way to get back your confidence and be able to say that we can still win the league would be to win two or three consecutive games and then see how we feel and say, yes, maybe it’s possible or it is not.”

Ancelotti looks like he could be boosted by the arrival of Benfica defender David Luiz.

Owner Roman Abramovich was at the training ground yesterday, with the Russian hopeful the Portuguese side will accept an offer below their £25m asking price.

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