4-time Premier League champions Chelsea won’t give up on their bid to land in-demand Spanish tactician Pep Guardiola as the next manager at Stamford Bridge according to a close source to the 44-year old.
Outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has been strongly linked with English clubs Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea since his exit from the Allianz Arena was confirmed in December and has further fuelled those rumours by stating he wants to manage in England though Manuel Pellegrini’s side remain favourites for his signature via the English media.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been a long-term admirer of the former Barcelona player and manager with the club buoyed by his continued interest in their chase. A close source to Guardiola speaking on Chelsea’s interest said: “City think they have got him, but Chelsea are still very much in the running.”
“He is leaving it out there and definitely hasn’t made up his mind.” the source added.
Chelsea and Roman Abramovich are on the lookout for a new manager after former FC Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan man Josè Mourinho was sacked in December due to a disappointing start to the season though 69-year old Dutchman Guus Hiddink has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the season.