Guardiola dismisses Chelsea speculation

Barcelona Head Coach Pep Guardiola has rejected rumours of an approach from Chelsea to replace Andre Villas-Boas as manager, the Guardian has reported.

Guardiola, who takes Barcelona into a Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday evening, dismissed questions about the vacancy at Stamford Bridge during his pre-match press conference, joking that he speaks to Chelsea “every day”.

The Guardian add that Guardiola’s contract at Barcelona will expire at the end of this season, and figures close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich have convinced the Russian that Guardiola and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now at Real Madrid, should be considered viable candidates to replace Villas-Boas.

Barcelona are currently second in La Liga, trailing Mourinho’s Madrid by 10 points with 13 games of the league campaign remaining. Barca go into the fixture with Bayer Leverkusen with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, when two goals from Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez and a late third from Lionel Messi cancelled out Michael Kadlec’s effort for the German side.

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