Capello denies offer to become Chelsea manager

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Former England boss Fabio Capello has denied claims he has been offered the opportunity to succeed Rafael Benitez and become Chelsea's next permanent manager.

Benitez will not have his post with Chelsea extended beyond his interim duties with the Blues in danger of slipping from the Premier League's top four, and the search is on to find another manager in time for a summer appointment.

Jose Mourinho remains odds on favourite with the bookmakers to return to the club from Real Madrid at the end of the season, while Capello is listed among the favourites for the position, despite his commitments as head coach of Russia.

Guus Hiddink previously managed to juggle the roles of Chelsea manager and Russia boss, albeit only temporarily, but Capello insists he has no interest in doing the same, and has not been approached about a move to Stamford Bridge.

"I am only thinking about reaching the World Cup with Russia," the 66-year-old said, as reported by The Mirror.

"At the moment, I am not thinking about anything else. I have received no offer."

Along with Capello, Brighton manager and former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet and Everton's David Moyes are also ranked among the frontrunners to join the Blues, while Manuel Pelligrini of Malaga is also in contention.

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