Guardiola would reject Chelsea approach

The former Barcelona boss is against breaking away from his sabbatical in New York and does not believe Stamford Bridge is the right move under trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich
By Martin del Palacio Langer
Chief Editor, Spain

Pep Guardiola is determined to continue his sabbatical in New York and will not accept an offer from Chelsea if contacted, understands.

Guardiola has been heavily linked with the top job at Stamford Bridge in recent months, and the premature departure of Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday has opened the door for an approach to be made.

But sources very close to the Catalan coach insist the chances of him heading to London any time soon are "minimal, to say that there are any".

Blues owner Roman Abramovich his keen for the former Barcelona man to helm a more exciting, positive Chelsea side, but Guardiola is enjoying his time with his family and feels it is too early to return to football.

He is also aware that when he decides to return there will be no shortage of interesting offers from top clubs, and as such is in no hurry to end his voluntary sabbatical.

In addition, the manager does not think Stamford Bridge the right place for him, based on the usual treatment that Abramovich usually metes out to his managers, and the ruthless treatment of Di Matteo has done nothing to change his mind.

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When he does return to football, Guardiola wants to be part of a serious project where he will have time to put his ideas into practice, and he believes Chelsea is not the place to do it.

Nevertheless, the Catalan would answer any call from the Russian "because he is a gentleman," according to the source. However, his answer will only be a courtesy, because at this time has no intention of leaving New York.

With Guardiola out of the running, the bookies' favourites to replace Di Matteo are now Rafa Benitez, Harry Redknapp and Laurent Blanc.

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