Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will allow Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard to leave the club this summer in an effort to overhaul the Premier League side’s squad, the Daily
Abramovich, who on Sunday sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas following Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion, is said by the Telegraph to have told the players at a meeting on Sunday after Villas-Boas was relieved of his duties that they are equally responsible for Chelsea’s poor form.
According to betting site OLBG, former Chelsea manager and current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is the favourite to replace his compatriot Villas-Boas and return to Stamford Bridge. Behind Mourinho is ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola and current Chelsea interim manager and former player Roberto Di Matteo. Di Matteo, capped 34 times by Italy and veteran of 100 games for the Blues, is said by the Telegraph to be within a “remote possibility of landing the role on a full-time basis past this season.
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