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Chelsea encouraged by talks with representatives of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea have added Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino to their shortlist of possible managers to take over in the summer, according to The Times.

The Times reports that Chelsea officials held encouraging talks with Pochettino’s representatives, although there were some reservations from the Argentine.

Pochettino has worked wonders at White Hart Lane to turn Tottenham into Premier League title contenders by developing a young and exciting team.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would be hugely reluctant to lose the 44-year-old, and there is no certainty that Pochettino would see the grass greener at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have also had discussions with Italy coach Antonio Conte, whose contract with the national team expires after Euro 2016, The Times understands.

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He would be a cheaper option for Chelsea because, if Pochettino were to be persuaded to move across London, Tottenham would surely demand huge compensation.

Roman Abramovich is looking for a new Chelsea manager after sacking Jose Mourinho in December – seven months after he delivered the Premier League title.

Guus Hiddink is in interim charge and set a new Premier League record for 12 games unbeaten since taking over with yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

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