Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Chelsea target Mancini

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly wants Roberto Mancini to be the next manager at Stamford Bridge.

The former Sampdoria and Lazio star, who once enjoyed a spell as a player in the Premiership with Leicester City, is currently flavour of the month in Serie A.

He bossed Inter to their first Scudetto since 1989 last season, even if it did only come by default after Juventus had their title stripped. But Inter are top of the table on merit this season, having won 13 consecutive games.

And now, with Jose Mourinho's future in London still the subject of much speculation, The Sun newspaper reports that the Blues are already thinking ahead.

The tabloid says Abramovich does not want to be left high and dry if Jose Mourinho leaves in the summer, and would be prepared to pay Mancini £6million a year to quit the Nerazzurri.

A source said: "Abramovich has made up his mind that he wants Mancini. Chelsea know that he is now in demand."

Mancini has yet to sign a new deal with the Italian giants as his contract runs out at the end of the season and he has refused to rule out managing in the Premiership one day. He said: "I'd really love to manage a Premiership side one day. Chelsea? It would be fantastic.

"Nothing has been decided about the contract but this is not a formality," he added.

Mourinho himself was linked with the Inter job earlier this season as well as the Milan hotseat if Carlo Ancelotti leaves.


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