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Roman Abramovich reportedly has no interest in appointing Rafael Benitez as the next Chelsea manager, despite the Spaniard being keen on taking over at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, the Russian billionaire is still thought to be considering the future of current boss Carlo Ancelotti, with the club potentially finishing the season trophyless.
Benitez, who proved a thorn in the side of the west London outfit during his time at Liverpool, has reportedly made clear to his representatives that he would like to replace the Italian if he were to depart, having grown fond of the English game since his time at Anfield.
He has been unemployed for six months having been sacked by Inter at the end of last year. The former Valencia boss endured a torrid time at San Siro, failing to build on the success built at the club by Jose Mourinho.
Many Chelsea fans and players have expressed their support for Ancelotti in recent weeks and having seen his side overcome Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday, the Italian is still in with a chance of leading the team to a successive Premier League title, facing leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford next week.
The former AC Milan boss has one year left on his current deal but rumours are growing that his departure is imminent.