Abramovich lines-up Deschamps to fill Chelsea position

Roman Abramovich has turned to former Chelsea, Juventus and France midfielder Didier Deschamps as the Blues owner continues his search for a full-time replacement for Andre Villas-Boas, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Roberto Di Matteo is in temporary charge at Stamford Bridge, but the Telegraph reveals talks have already taken place between Abramovich and the current Marseille Coach.

Deschamps played for Chelsea between 1999 and 2000, joining the Premier League club after five years in Serie A with Juventus and staying for a season before switching to La Liga and Valencia. In his time as a player at Chelsea Deschamps won the FA Cup, starting in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa with Chelsea’s only goal scored by the current incumbent of the Chelsea manager’s spot, Di Matteo. John Terry was an unused substitute for the match, and the current Chelsea captain is the only player to still be at the club 12 years on.

As a Coach Deschamps has guided Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final, where he lost to Jose Mourinho’s Porto, as well as taking Juventus out of Italy’s second division and in 2010 winning the Ligue 1 title with Marseille, while as a player Deschamps captained France in the 1998 World Cup final win over Brazil due to Laurent Blanc’s suspension.

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