Mancini waiting for Chelsea call

Roberto Mancini will not tout himself to Chelsea and is content to sit tight and await their call.

Mystery surrounds the Italian’s apparent departure from Inter Milan, with the club yet to confirm his exit from the San Siro.

But what looks increasingly clear is that the former Sampdoria forward is vying with Blackburn’s Mark Hughes and Luiz Felipe Scolari to replace Avram Grant, who was sacked at the weekend.

Chelsea are taking their time over the appointment and have yet to get in touch with Mancini, who seemingly left Inter on Tuesday.

“As of now there is no contact with Chelsea,” said Mancini’s advisor, Maurizio de Giorgis.

“Roberto Mancini is not a person or coach who likes to propose himself to a club, he waits for a club to look after him so we are in that position right now. We are not proposing Mancini to any club.

“It’s a natural consequence of what has happened. Chelsea are one of the top five clubs in the world so it is more likely, if there will be any talk, there is more chance of it to happen now than before.

“There are chances but at the moment, as of today, there has been no official contact with Chelsea or any other team.”

Mancini has made no secret of his desire to coach a side capable of challenging for the UEFA Champions League crown and he would certainly get that opportunity with Chelsea.

Chelsea’s ongoing search for a replacement for Grant is believed to be concentrating on Mancini, Hughes and Scolari.

Their interest in former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is thought to have cooled while Russia coach Guus Hiddink has already ruled himself out.

Former Chelsea player Didier Deschamps insists he is on the shortlist but the Blues, as expected, have made no official comment.

The interest in Hughes, a former Blues player, was greeted with approval by fans on Chelsea TV but Mancini’s CV ticks all the major boxes for the English club.

Mancini’s replacement at Inter Milan is set to be Chelsea’s former coach Jose Mourinho. The 'Special One' is expected to be given a three-year deal and unveiled imminently.

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