Chelsea eye surprise managerial move for former Blues midfielder

Chelsea have reportedly identified Didier Deschamps as a possible new manager, with Roman Abramovich looking for the French national team boss to replace Guus Hiddink at the end of the season, according to The Mirror.

Jose Mourinho was axed earlier in the campaign after a diabolical run of form by the Premier League champions, with the experienced Dutchman coming in on an interim basis.

However, the Blues are looking for a permeant boss to start at Stamford Bridge ahead of next season, with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone mentioned as possible options.

Deschamps will lead France at this summer’s Euro 2016 competition, where hopes will be high that the hosts can win the tournament on home soil given the talented squad at the 47-year-old’s disposal.

The retired midfielder has also had periods of success in charge of Marseille and Juventus, while he played for Chelsea for a solitary season towards the end of his career.