Capello denies Chelsea approach

Russian national team manager Fabio Capello has rubbished any rumours that Chelsea have approached him with the intent of replacing current boss Rafael Benitez, The Guardian reports.

Benitez has been under criticism in recent weeks from Chelsea fans and did not do much to lighten the negativity witha rant at the fans and the ‘interim’ title he has been given since he replaced Roberto di Matteo at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea languished to a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and reports in Italy have suggested Capello is Roman Abramovich’s main target.

The former England boss has only been in charge of Russia following Euro 2012, just six months after resigning as head of the Three Lions, but Abramovich relied on a former Russia boss on an interim basis to lead Chelsea to success. In February 2009, Guus Hiddink managed both roles and managed to take the Blues to qualification for the Champions League and winning the FA Cup. With Benitez ready to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, Abramovich had hoped he could sway Capello, but the Italian is adamant his future lies in Russia.

Speaking to an Italian radio station, Capello said: “I have not received an offer. I am thinking about the Russian national team and I feel very happy in Moscow.”

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