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May 18, 2012

Capello keen on Chelsea

Fabio Capello is interested in taking charge of Chelsea and will attend the club's Champions League final in Munich, according to ESPN sources.

• Buck slams 'unsatisfactory' Chelsea

Chelsea have yet to appoint a permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas, who they sacked in March, with Roberto Di Matteo placed in interim charge.

Di Matteo has impressed in the role, guiding the Blues to FA Cup glory and also to the Champions League final, which they contest on Saturday against Bayern Munich.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is seemingly undecided over who will lead the club beyond the showpiece at the Allianz Arena, although reports this week have linked Capello with the position.

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager is without a side after parting company with England in February, and it is understood he would be interested in managing Chelsea, having previously expressed his willingness to oversee a top Premier League side.

Abramovich, though, appears keen to offer only a one-year deal, amid suggestions he wants to hold out for Pep Guardiola, who is to take a sabbatical from football following Barcelona's Copa del Rey final this month.

Liverpool have also been mooted as an interested party in Capello, but it seems the Italian coach would prefer to occupy the vacant position at Stamford Bridge.

An ESPN source said: "Fabio loves London and has a home now in west London and doesn't plan to leave.

"But there has been no contact from Chelsea, I can assure you. My understanding is that Chelsea will wait until after the Champions League final and then get to work on a much more direct footing.

"But it is well known that Chelsea want Pep Guardiola and if he doesn't come for a year, then a coach with Fabio's reputation is hardly likely to take the job for one year, unless there was a role for him for much longer than that."

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