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Blues warned off Spalletti

06 Jun 2008 - 11:24:29

Serie A club AS Roma are confident that coach Luciano Spalletti will still be in charge at the Stadio Olimpico next season, despite rumoured interest in his services from Chelsea.

The Blues are on the lookout for a new manager following the recent sacking of Avram Grant and have already been linked with a number of Italian coaches.

However, a Roma spokesman confirmed: "Spalletti is the Roma coach and as far as we are aware will continue to be the Roma coach next season.

"Moreover, Spalletti is under contract with Roma until 2011."

Meanwhile, midfielder Simone Perrotta has praised Spalletti for guiding his club to second place in the league last season, while they also retained their Coppa Italia crown.

Spalletti helped Roma defend their Coppa Italia title this term while they also finished second behind Internazionale in Serie A.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I am not surprised that Chelsea have asked for Spalletti. They are looking for a great coach and they have contacted one of the greatest.

"The manager is an intelligent person and he will evaluate the situation and decide on what is best, but it is clear that he knows what he will leave if he decides to go."

Chelsea have already been linked with moves for AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti, Fiorentina's Cesare Prandelli and former Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini.

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