Chelsea have slammed reports that they have targeted former Italy coach Marcello Lippi to take over from current Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho in the summer.
Lippi has been out of the game since leading his country to World Cup glory, but says a number of clubs are interested in his services.
He told The Sun: "I'm aware that I'm on the wanted list at a number of big clubs, but specifically Chelsea and I regard that as only natural.
"I know I'm a good coach and if anyone is surprised about top clubs like Chelsea wanting me then I just point to my record.
"I have coached teams which have reached the Champions League final four times, I've won Serie A five times and of course the World Cup too."
However, Chelsea responded to Lippi's talk by issuing a statement confirming: "No list of candidates has been drawn up to replace Jose Mourinho.
"Nobody from Chelsea has spoken to Mr Lippi or his representatives, or indeed anyone regarding the manager's job.
"As previously stated, Jose Mourinho has a contract until 2010 and has the support of everybody at Chelsea."