Italian quick to pour cold water on suggestions he is to take over from Benitez this season.
Russia national team head coach Fabio Capello has refuted recent reports suggesting that the Italian was set to replace current Chelsea ‘interim’ boss Rafa Benitez as the Blues’ next manager before this current campaign had even ended, says the Independent.
The veteran manager is at present doing a fine job in Russia, with his team top of their World Cup qualifying section and already well on their way to next summer’s global tournament in Brazil.
However, reports over the weekend in Capello’s native homeland had said that the West Londoners were lining up a move for the former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and England national team manager, with a view to him even taking over before this current campaign draws to a close.
And that is because the Blues are more than concerned that Benitez will not succeed in qualifying the Champions League holders for next season’s European Cup, which would be a total disaster for the club’s owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
The other name on the Chelsea managerial short list to take over from the massively unpopular Benitez is former Blues boss Avram Grant, although the club would prefer the experience of serial winner Capello of the two.
“I have not received an offer,” Capello told an Italian radio station. “I am thinking about the Russian national team, and I feel very happy in Moscow.”