Andres Villas-Boas took another step towards becoming Chelsea manager, after the Porto man offered his resignation this morning from his post.
Yesterday speculation was rife that Chelsea were in talks with Villas-Boas about a move to Stamford Bridge, and the Blues put out a statement saying a manager will be announced in the next few days.
"We hope to be able to make an announcement regarding the new manager in the next few days or so, but until then we will not be commenting further on the speculation surrounding that appointment,” the statement said.
It appears that Jose Mourinho's former protegee has now made an effort to speed up the process, with the Portuguese champions confirming a resignation offer has been made.
A club statement to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission read: "FC Porto was today notified of the intention of Andre Villas-Boas to resign from his contract with the club by triggering the release clause immediately.
"The contract will be terminated once the required amount is paid."
Villas-Boas has been touted as one of the up and coming best managers in the world; the 33 year old has managed Porto for one year and has already won the 2011 Europa, Domestic and Taca de Portugal treble.
The aforementioned release clause sits at €15 million, which Chelsea would still have to meet despite the possible resignation.
The news could also mean more fresh faces in the Chelsea line up, with star striker Radamel Falcao’s agent revealing that if Villas-Boas moves to the Blues, he would like to follow.
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