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Spalletti: No Blues contact
09 Jun 2008 - 11:11:38
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti insists he has no intention of leaving the Serie A club despite persistent rumours linking him with the managerial vacancy at Chelsea.
The 49-year-old says he has had no offer from the Premier League club as the Blues step up their attempts to replace Avram Grant who left Stamford Bridge last month.
Spalletti told Sky Italia: "The truth is that I have not got contract proposals from other clubs, including from Chelsea.
"Many things have been said and written about this. A few days ago someone, for example, wrote I wasn't ready to go to Chelsea because I didn't know the English language and I didn't feel myself adequate to the task.
"The same person, two days later, said I was waiting for Chelsea's call and that I had already contacted one of Roma's best players to come with me.
"These are absolutely bad things (to say and write)."
Earlier a Roma spokesman had moved quickly to quell the speculation, saying: "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."
Chelsea have already been linked with moves for AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti, Fiorentina's Cesare Prandelli and former Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini.