Italian denies Chelsea links amid rumours

Russia manager Fabio CapelloFormer England manager Fabio Capello has denied reports that he will succeed Rafael Benitez as Chelsea manager this summer.

The Italian is currently in charge of the Russian national team, but has been mooted as a potential candidate for the Blues, who will be looking for a new boss at the end of the season.

A number of potential options for club owner Roman Abramovich, including Pep Guardiola, have already distanced themselves from the job, with the Londoners’ turbulent off-field record somewhat hindering their appeal.

Capello is the latest man to rule himself out, insisting that he is solely focused on his current task:

“I am only thinking about reaching the World Cup with Russia,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“At the moment, I am not thinking about anything else. I have received no offer.

“No offer has arrived from Abramovich, none of it is true. I’m happy in Russia.”

Benitez had been linked with the role on a full-time basis, but he stated last week that he would not be staying on beyond this season, after hitting out at the Chelsea hierarchy and the fans.

Former manager Jose Mourinho has also been suggested, with ‘The Special One’ set to leave Real Madrid later this year.

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