Villas-Boas cools talk of Chelsea switch
Highly-rated Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea ahead of his side's Europa League final clash with Braga on Wednesday night.
In a remarkable first year in charge of Porto Villas-Boas has scooped the Portuguese Liga and Super Cup and stands on the brink of winning four trophies in his first full term in management.
Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the progress of the 33-year-old, who previously worked alongside Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, with current Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti seemingly heading for the exit after a disappointing, trophyless season.
But Villas-Boas insists he wants to try and emulate Mourinho's achievement of winning the Europa League (previously the UEFA Cup) and then making Porto a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League next season, rather than leave for pastures new.
"I am very happy at Porto. It's the city where I grew up. It's my home club and I don't see it easy to leave it,'' Villas-Boas said. "We are focused on winning the Europa League and next year we will go into the Champions League.
"You cannot say that by reaching the final in the Europa League you will win the Champions League the next year (like Mourinho did). It's not that straightforward.
"Next year we hope to get through the group stage, then maybe the quarter-final or further. Let's dream a little bit more.''
Among the many subplots to Wednesday night's Europa League final is the fact that Villas-Boas got his big break in football thanks to his admiration for current Braga coach Domingos Paciencia.
When Paciencia was not playing regularly under former Porto boss Sir Bobby Robson in the 90s, the teenage Villas-Boas wrote a letter to the Englishman, urging him to play the then striker more often.
Robson requested information to back up his request and Villas-Boas promptly delivered an impressive dossier that prompted the former England boss to send the youngster on several coaching courses in the United Kingdom.
After earning his coaching badges, Villas-Boas then went on to form part of Mourinho's scouting team at Porto, Chelsea and then Inter Milan.