Blues accept that Spaniard cannot continue in west London next season.
Chelsea have drawn up a managerial short list of two candidates to replace current interim head coach Rafa Benitez as the club’s new boss next season, says the Daily Mirror.
The Spaniard privately accepts that his tenure as the West Londoner’s trainer will come to an end this summer, and the Blues have already started sounding out potential new coaches, with Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini and Juventus’ Antonio Conte both said to be their preferred choices.
“Less than 15 days ago we had an offer from Roma, but we declined outright because we are midway through the season,” said Jesus Martinez, the agent of Pellegrini.
“Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League, but he’d also like to go to Germany, Italy and other championships. There is plenty of time to analyse where he will be next season.”
Meanwhile, Juventus manager Conte has also reacted to speculation linking him with a summer move to either Real Madrid or Chelsea.
“Am I flattered by any interest from Real Madrid or Chelsea? Such appreciation is pleasing and should also please the club because it shows that they made the right choice a year-and-a-half ago. It means we are doing well.”