Desailly set for Chelsea return

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Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly is set to join Roberto Di Matteo's new-look coaching team at Stamford Bridge.

The 1998 World Cup winner has reportedly been approached to join Di Matteo's defensive coaching team. The Italian was appointed on a two-year contract last week, after guiding the west London club to a remarkable FA Cup and Champions League double.

Di Matteo's current assistant, Eddie Newton, is highly regarded by the Chelsea boss and is expected to stay on at Stamford Bridge, as is assistant first-team coach Steve Holland.

Desailly played for Chelsea between 1998 and 2004, and shared the Stamford Bridge pitch with Di Matteo for four years, and his former-teammate is expected to approach the Frenchman over a defensive coach role.

According to, the former centre back would be the fourth member of Di Matteo's coaching staff, but Desailly has no prior coaching experience and has never managed at such a high level.

But the former-AC Milan defender is highly sought-after and is understood to have been approached three times over the Ghana job, although he turned the offer down on each occasion. And Premier League club Swansea reportedly sounded out his availability for their vacant manager's job before they appointed Michael Laudrup.

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