Rafael Benitez’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has denied his client has been approached about taking over at Chelsea after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Sunday.

 

Numerous media reports suggested during the final weeks of Villas-Boas’ reign that Benitez was being lined up as his replacement should he be unable to turn the club’s form around.

 

Now the 34-year-old has been relieved of his duties, Benitez was instantly installed as the favourite to replace him despite the Blues’ insistence that assistant manager and former player Roberto di Matteo would take charge until the end of the season.

 

Initial reports suggest that the former Liverpool manager was reluctant to take over at Stamford Bridge on a short-term contract until the end of the season, preferring a long-term deal instead.

 

Quilon maintains he is open to discussions about taking over temporarily, but insists there has been no contact from Chelsea as yet.

 

"He is open to discuss any important options at the moment. So far there is no offer from Chelsea," Quilon told Spanish news agency EFE.

 

"We've heard the rumours but they are not true - we have had no contact."

 

Villas-Boas was shown the door after Chelsea succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom on Saturday which took their recent record to just five wins in the last 16 games.

 

The Blues’ impending Champions League exit and the draw against Birmingham in the F.A Cup put Villas-Boas’ job at risk, while their poor league form which has put them on the back foot in the race for Champions League qualification proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

 

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has now taken over from Benitez as the favourite to take over the hot seat at Stamford Bridge if he leaves Real Madrid at the end of the season as expected.

 

Benitez guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 during his six year spell at the club, while also taking them to the final of the same competition two years later and winning the F.A Cup in 2006.

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