By Wayne Veysey ¦ UK Correspondent
Marcel Desailly is being lined up to join Roberto Di Matteo's coaching staff at Chelsea.
The Italian wants his former Stamford Bridge team-mate to be part of his re-organised backroom team, sources have told Goal.com.
It is understood that Desailly has been approached about a role in which he would focus on coaching the defence.
Di Matteo was appointed Chelsea’s permanent manager last week on a two-year contract after claiming the club's first Champions League title, as well as winning the FA Cup, during a glorious spell in caretaker charge.
Eddie Newton is expected to remain as Di Matteo’s No. 2, although that has not yet been confirmed, with Steve Holland staying on as assistant first-team coach after making a strong impression during his first season with the senior team.
Di Matteo wants Desailly, who played with the Italian at Stamford Bridge between 1998 and 2002, to be the fourth member of his coaching staff.
Since retiring from football in 2006, Ghana-born Desailly has never managed at a competitive level and has no practical coaching experience. He is also yet to begin taking his coaching badges.
He is understood to have rejected the opportunity to manage Ghana on three occasions, including after their Africa Cup of Nations exit earlier this year, and turned down an approach from Swansea City earlier this month to discuss their managerial vacancy before Michael Laudrup’s appointment.
The highly decorated former Chelsea and Milan defender, a Unicef ambassador, brand and occasional media pundit, currently divides his time between his homes in France and Ghana, where he spends four months of the years.