Reports in Italy suggest he is on his way to the Bundesliga.
Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is set to return to management with Bundesliga side Schalke at the end of the season.
Di Matteo guided Chelsea to the elusive Champions League success last season when caretaker manager at Stamford Bridge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, who he had been assistant to.
Owner Roman Abramovich handed Di Matteo, who had also been sacked by West Brom after guiding them into the Premier League, the Chelsea job on a permanent basis in the summer but sacked him earlier this season and appointed Rafael Benitez as interim manager.
Di Matteo has been out of work since November when sacked after Chelsea’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus, but the Daily Express report that Italian TV station Sportmediaset have discovered he is in line for the Schalke job.
Schalke’s legendary coach Huub Stevens was sacked in December after a dismal start to the season and Jens Keller was place in temporary charge until the end of the season.
Keller is unlikely to get the job full time, however, and Schalke are thought to be keen on appointing Di Matteo. Everton’s David Moyes had also been linked with the post having admitted his love of the Bundesliga.