Bielsa rejects Chelsea twice


A report in the Daily Mirror claims Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has twice rejected overtures from Chelsea following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas as he refuses to talk with intermediaries.

Despite having managed both the Argentine and Chilean national sides, Bielsa is a relative unknown in England but has shot to prominence this week after his team’s superb showing in their 3-2 Europa League win at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

The 56-year-old is considered one of the most innovative coaches of the modern era and his unusual methods when preparing for games, allied to his continuous prowling of the touchline, have given him a reputation as something of an eccentric. However, Bielsa has a good track record and has galvanised Athletic after a poor start to the season, when some players were still finding it difficult to adjust to his playing system, with the Basques now fifth in La Liga and eyeing a Champions League place next term.

According to Sport Bielsa “will not speak to people who represent other people” and is understood to have urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to make direct contact with him if he wants to make any offer.

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