Former Chelsea manager in consideration to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, as hierarchy at Chelsea looking for a replacement.
Maurizio Sarri is set to leave Chelsea ahead of the summer transfer window, as the Sarri did not go well along with the Chelsea’s board.
Thus, according to a report by Tuttosport, a per the Metro, Chelsea are in talks with Rafa Benitez to take the charge of the Blues from the following season.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants the Italian’s successor to already be in place when his departure is announced. Thus, it is further reported that a meeting between Chelsea’s hierarchy and Benitez to discuss a return to Stamford Bridge is ‘imminent’.
The Spanish Manager earlier had a brief experience with Chelsea in 2012 after he replaced Robert Di Matteo, while he got sacked, which earlier did not go well with the sentiments of the Chelsea fans.
Despite the lack of support to him by the Chelsea fans, he was able to secure third position and a Europa league victory for the West-London club, and made the Blues’ fans appreciate his contribution to the club.
Thus, considering Benitez is aware of the functioning at Chelsea, hence he could be a viable option for the Premier league outfit, amidst managerial crisis.
On the other side, Maurizio Sarri is keen on to moving back to Italy, as he is reportedly being offered to replace Massimiliano Allegri, after the latter got sacked from Juventus.
Additionally, Chelsea are also not looking interested to continue with Sarri, despite the Italian manager finished third in the Premier league with the Blues and won them the Europa league.
Nevertheless, it is remained to see, whether Chelsea will act upon this speculations or will seek other prospects.
How twitter reacted
— The Blues (@TheBlues___) June 11, 2019
Apparently Sarri's Juventus announcement is being delayed due to Allegri refusing to go the other way and join Chelsea!
Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard are the two main names being considered now.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 11, 2019
Jokes aside, Rafa Benitez has a good track record in managing teams running an austerity programme. He's tactically sound, committed to any job he takes on and Chelsea are in a transfer ban quandary. If and when Sarri goes, this is a palatable idea.
— Ad Wojtkowiak (@adwojtkowiak) June 11, 2019
On those Rafa Benitez to Chelsea rumours…
Wrote this a couple of years back, for @Eurosport_UK, on the bizarre self-harming period which tumbled out of his 2012 appointment.
Back then, Chelsea knew he'd be unpopular – they just didn't get how unpopular.https://t.co/KttMyfFfVp
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) June 11, 2019
Mourinho and Douglas Maicon talk about Rafael Benítez:
Maicon: Your friend (Rafael Benítez) is going to Chelsea.
Mourinho: The fat one?
Mourinho: Then Marco Materazzi is going to be his assistant. pic.twitter.com/C5AYXcJ8bV
— Škrizović (@Skrizovic) November 8, 2018
Chelsea finished their season on a glorious end. However, they would be looking forward to finish their managerial crisis, and would remain inactive during this transfer window due to the ban.