Abramovich preparing for Guardiola to take over at Chelsea

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is putting in place a structure at the club in order to attract former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard is ready to return to football, the Daily Mail has reported.

Guardiola is expected to spend a year with his family on sabbatical in New York before seeking a return to the game after four years in charge at Barcelona, a period that saw him become the most successful manager in the Catalan club’s history. In his time in charge at the Nou Camp, Guardiola won the league on three occasions and the Copa del Rey and Champions League twice.

It is that success that Abramovich is seeking to replicate at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea do not currently have a permanent first team manager, with the contract of interim boss Roberto Di Matteo due to expire at the end of June and players, such as Eden Hazard, being signed without Di Matteo’s involvement but rather on the say-so of Abramovich.

The Mail adds that Abramovich sees Guardiola as the man to realise his vision for Chelsea but a temporary manager will be needed until the 41-year-old is ready to return to management, with former England Coach Fabio Capello the likely option.

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