Frank Rijkaard's agent insists the Dutchman would "consider" the Chelsea manager's job and would not be scared off by the ruthless reputation of club owner Roman Abramovich.
Rijkaard has been out of management since leaving Barcelona last summer and is among a list of candidates who have been linked to the Chelsea job following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari on Tuesday.
His agent Perry Overeem said on Tuesday if Chelsea did make an approach then Rijkaard would certainly listen. He told Sky Sports News: "(Frank) is obviously a big fan of the game and a big fan of the Premier League so he can be interested in working in the Premier League."
He added: "He would consider every serious job offer from one of the major teams in Europe and obviously Chelsea and the Premier League is one of those."
Four managers have come and gone since Abramovich bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003, but Overeem insisted that would not put Rijkaard off the challenge at Stamford Bridge.
"Well of course (the reputation of Chelsea) doesn't make it a lot easier and Frank would take some more time to consider the opportunity, but I don't think Frank will be scared off by those statistics.
"He will just think of himself as maybe the one candidate who can stay there longer than those earlier coaches."
Rijkaard's fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink has also been linked with the job, and his agent expects his client will speak to Abramovich and listen to what he has to say.
"I think because of the personal relationship he has with Mr Abramovich he will definitely talk to him and listen to him but I think Mr Abramovich realises he also has not finished his job (with Russia)," the agent told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.
"I think that Guus and Mr Abramovich know each other well enough - he's not going to say he is not going to talk to (Abramovich) and he is not going to listen."
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