Former Real Madrid boss keen on Chelsea chance – report

Ian Watson

Chelsea have reportedly been offered the opportunity to speak to former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui over the prospect of replacing Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri’s future remains unclear with talks set to take place after next week’s Europa League final. The Italian has dismissed claims that his job hinges on beating Arsenal in Baku.

Frank Lampard has been linked with the possible vacancy, while Massimiliano Allegri is also said to be in contention after he leaves Juventus after their final game of the Serie A season this weekend.

The Times reports that Lopetegui is also keen to be considered for the role should Sarri depart Stamford Bridge.

Lopetegui was sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season after just 14 matches at the helm. He was dismissed by Spain on the eve of last summer’s World Cup after angering the national federation by confirming his intention to quit to take up the job at the Bernabeu.

The 52-year-old has been in touch with a number of English clubs as he seeks a return to employment. Lopetegui is represented by Jorge Mendes, who has reportedly made the Spaniard’s case to Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel has also been linked with the role.