Chelsea considering Atletico boss Simeone as next full-time manager

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has been added to the shortlist of names to replace Rafael Benitez as Chelsea’s next full-time manager, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Argentine joins Pep Guardiola, Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp on the wanted list of owner Roman Abramovich.

Guardiola remains the preferred candidate but there is a growing sense that the feeling is not mutual, with the Catalan thought to value a move to Manchester United more highly than the offer from Stamford Bridge, with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich also making attractive offers to the former Barcelona Coach.

Benitez has not been excluded from the discussion and if results are good enough could earn the position on a permanent basis, but a shortlist is still being drawn up if the club decides to dispense with the Spaniard at the end of the season. Benitez will on Sunday lead Chelsea out in the Club World Cup final, against Corinthians inYokohama’s International Stadium.

Mourinho, a former Chelsea manager, is expected to leave Madrid at the end of the season while Klopp could be tempted from the Bundesliga champions, but, having had scouts watch Atletico striker Radamel Falcao on a regular basis, Chelsea have been impressed by Simeone, the former Argentina international midfielder.

Simeone has taken Atletico to second in La Liga, ahead of Madrid and behind only Barcelona, and masterminded a 4-1 victory over Chelsea in the European Super Cup in August, where Falcao scored a hat-trick.

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