Blues cool van Basten talk

26 September 2007 02:10
Chelsea have denied that anyone other than Avram Grant has been offered the managerial post at Stamford Bridge after reports suggested the Blues were interested in giving the job to Marco van Basten. Former AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello was quoted as saying Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wanted the current Netherlands boss to be the new Blues manager. However, a statement on the club's official website read: "Contrary to media reports this morning, Chelsea Football Club totally refutes that the job of manager or first-team coach has been offered to any individual other than Avram Grant. "No one at Chelsea FC has been authorised to speak to any individual about the post, either by the board or the owner. "Also any suggestion that any team plans or arrangements have been changed due to representations from players is also totally false." Grant was placed in charge of the Blues following Jose Mourinho's shock departure last week, but Capello believes it is only a short-term appointment. Van Basten was at Old Trafford on Sunday to watch Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, and Capello believes his name was put forward to Abramovich by Chelsea's technical director Frank Arnesen. "Arnesen wants van Basten to take over and has already recommended him to Abramovich," Capello told The Sun. "Frank and Marco know each other well from their time in Dutch football." Van Basten, who starred for Ajax and AC Milan during a playing career that was cut short by injury in 1993, has been manager of the Netherlands since 2004. The Dutch Football Association has also issued a statement saying that Chelsea have made no approach for van Basten.

Source: ESA