Chelsea Manager Update: Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim In The Race To Become The New Manager Of Victor Moses At Chelsea
Reliable sources at Chelsea have confirmed that the club is exploring options over who will replace the Italian coach Antonio Conte next season.
A lot of coaching names like Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel have been mentioned as likely candidate to take over the helm of affairs at Stamford Bridge next season.
According to Yahoo Sport’s Duncan Castles, AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim’s availability has been inquired by Chelsea.
Leonardo Jardim has done an incredible job as the French club’s coach, winning Ligue 1 last season and reaching the Champions League semi-finals with a youthful squad containing the likes of now Blues midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
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The Venezuelan’s contract at Monaco expires in 2020 and it includes a €7.5m release clause. Currently, Monaco is not having a fantastic season.
They were dumped out of the Champions League in an unceremonious manner but the club’s hierarchy have remained faithful to Jardim and it may be extremely difficult for Chelsea to break such a great relationship.
Jardim is well settled in Monaco, enjoying both the work and his life in the principality, and has stated he would only consider leaving Monaco for an opportunity to coach on a bigger stage.
“As a matter of principle, I never discuss specific names, I do not need to advertise myself,” Jardim said in November. “I have never stayed long in my previous roles because I have always pushed myself to go higher. This idea has not changed – I would only leave here for a club of greater dimensions.
“I have received offers, but few clubs have the right profile; barely a dozen in Europe. I am happy with Monaco and I respect the contract that I extended for one year.”
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However, the likelihood of a summer rebuild that could also see a new director and a squad overhaul provides a fascinating opportunity for Jardim at Chelsea. He may well be the new manager for Victor Moses and teammates at Chelsea next season.