Chelsea make La Liga-winning manager top target replace Hiddink (not Guardiola)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone his prime target to fill the managerial post at the club the end of the season, according to reports from Metro.

Guus Hiddink is currently in charge at Stamford Bridge on an interim basis after the wealthy Russian opted to sack Jose Mourinho in December – just seven months after he’d guided the Blues to Premier league title glory.

Although he’s overseen an upturn in results, the current temporary Chelsea boss is unlikely to stay on beyond 2015/16, which means that Abramovich is looking around for a long-term solution.

And reports claim that Atletico’s Simeone is the manager he wants.

The Argentine has been a revelation since taking over at the Vicente Calderon in 2011, guiding his side to a famous 2013/14 La Liga title and an appearance in the Champions League Final – which they came close to winning.

The 45-year-old’s fierce will to win and tactical knowledge are understood to have impressed Abramovich, who is keen to lure the former defensive midfielder to Chelsea this summer.