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Stamford Bridge to turn to French national team coach.
France coach Laurent Blanc is a target for Chelssea owner Roman Abramovich.
Le Parisien says Chelsea are seeking to head off interest from Inter Milan, who sacked Claudio Ranieri yesterday, by offering Blanc the job at Stamford Bridge.
And the report claims Blanc has been offered a contract worth a staggering €1 million a month – or £9million a year.
When Bordeaux played Chelsea in the Champions League in 2008, former Manchester United defender Blanc said he wanted one day to work in the Premier League.
“It is a big goal for me,” he said. “England is another planet with a real passion, a history, with great players and lots of money. Chelsea is one of the biggest European clubs.”
Regardless of how Roberto Di Matteo fairs as caretaker boss, and thus far the Italian has done well, it is likely that Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich will turn to a ‘big-name’ appointment this summer and at the moment Laurent Blanc appears to be leading the race to fill the Blues hot-seat.
The 46 year old Frenchman did a great job with Bordeaux for three years before he took over from Raymond Domenech as French national team boss, a post he has thus far succeeded in and clearly any move from the West London side for the former defender would have to wait until after the Euro 2012 finals.
What if France were to win the tournament in Ukraine/Poland? Would Blanc be quite so open to club management opportunities?