Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini admits his future with the club remains uncertain, apparently opening the door to a potential move to Chelsea as the Blues look for their next permanent boss.
According to talkSPORT, Pellegrini is among the contenders to move to west London in time for the new season, with Rafael Benitez's interim tenure set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Pellegrini has impressed in charge with Malaga this year, with the Spanish club unlucky to lose to Borussia Dortmund at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, and the Chilean is unsure if he will remain at La Rosaleda.
"The club's future is not up to me," he said, as reported by talkSPORT. "We will see what happens in the coming months but it is a subject that I'm keeping in mind."
Jose Mourinho remains odds-on favourite with the bookmakers to return to Chelsea, although Roman Abramovich reportedly harbours doubts about bringing the Portuguese back to Stamford Bridge.
The 50-year-old arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 as a successor to Pellegrini and, it would appear, the two rivals are both in contention to become Chelsea manager during the summer.
Mourinho and Pellegrini have endured a difficult relationship since the former moved to the Santiago Bernabeu, with the former Inter Milan boss having branded his predecessor a 'loser' in the past.
The two-time Champions League winner also belittled Pellegrini's career path after he took a step down to join Malaga having been sacked by Real Madrid.
“If Madrid were to fire me, I wouldn’t go to Malaga," Mourinho said at the time. "I’d go to a top-level team in Italy or England.”