Russia coach Fabio Capello denies Chelsea link

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 March, 2013, 4:41am

Russia coach Fabio Capello insists he has had no contact with Chelsea after being linked with a move to the Premier League club.

With Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez certain to be replaced when his contract expires at the end of the season, former England boss Capello has reportedly been considered by Blues owner Roman Abramovich as a successor to the beleaguered Spaniard.

Capello's name was mentioned as a potential Chelsea manager before Benitez was appointed, as Roberto Di Matteo's replacement in November and the ex-Real Madrid and AC Milan manager was mooted as a candidate again earlier this month.

But the Italian has made a strong start with Russia, topping group F with four consecutive wins on the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil ahead of the match overnight in Belfast against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

On Monday, Russia face Brazil at Stamford Bridge but Capello was adamant he would not be back in west London as the club's manager any time soon.

"I know nothing about this [link to Chelsea]. I am really happy with Russia," he said.



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