Fabio Capello denies Chelsea approach

The former England manager has rubbished rumours that the west London club have made contact with him about replacing Rafael Benitez imminently at Stamford Bridge
Former England manager Fabio Capello has denied reports from the Italian media that he has been approached by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about replacing interim manager Rafael Benitez.

The rumours come in the wake of Benitez's outburst against his 'interim' title and the fans who have been hostile towards him since his appointment following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

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But Capello, who is currently in charge of Russia's national side, has denied an approach from last year's Champions League winners.

"I have not received an offer," he told Radio Anch'io Sport.

"I'm thinking about the Russian national team, and I feel very happy in Moscow."

The reports from Italy echo the Guus Hiddink situation back in February 2009 when, then the coach of Russia also, the Dutchman took over at Chelsea on a short-term contract following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Hiddink went on to be a popular figure at the club, winning the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Everton.

Capello, who has managed several of the top sides in Europe, including Real Madrid, Roma, Juventus and AC Milan, accepted the Russia job following Euro 2012 and has led his new team to four wins out of four games in qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.