Former Bernabeu boss turns down offer to replace Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.
Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has turned down the chance to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea according to his agent Jesus Martinez.
The Chilean coach was approached by intermediaries working for Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich to replace the Italian.
Pellegrini was dismissed as Real Madrid boss last year after failing to win any silverware but did secure more points than Jose Mourinho managed this season.
Ancelotti was sacked last Sunday after a disappointing campaign that saw the Blues fail to defend their Premier League and FA Cup double.
Speculation has been rife as to who will take over at the Bridge with Guus Hiddink, Marco van Basten and Pep Guardiola all linked with the vacancy.
But Martinez has claimed Pellegrini was offered the job but turned it down because he is happy at Malaga.
“It is normal for clubs who are now without a coach, like Chelsea, to use intermediaries to ask Pellegrini,” Martinez told Chilean radio station Cooperative.
“But he is very happy in Malaga and has a contract there. He has worked hard, he’s happy and motivated to work in that team.”