Chelsea contact confirmed with La Liga manager

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Chelsea have been in touch with the representatives of Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini to enquire about his availability as Roman Abramovich searches for an eventual replacement for Rafael Benitez.

Jesus Martinez, the agent of the former Real Madrid boss, claims Pellegrini is in demand with Roma having made an official offer and Chelsea interested to know Pellegrini's plans for the end of the season.

Pellegrini rejected the proposal from Roma in order to finish the season with Malaga, who are still in the Champions League, but Martinez says his client would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

"Less than 15 days ago we had an offer from Roma, but we declined outright," Martinez told El Mercurio. "We said no because we are midway through the season.

"Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League, but he'd also like to go to Germany, Italy and other championships. There is plenty of time to analyse where he will be next season.

"Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I believe that in April or May we will know clearly what will happen with his future, to see if the sporting project is changing and we need to make a decision.

"Our first intention is to respect our commitment, but that also depends on the conditions which exist."

Despite the apparent contact by Chelsea, Pellegrini does not feature among the top contenders with bookmakers to become the next manager at Stamford Bridge.

Perhaps the surprise favourite is currently David Moyes of Everton, who has odds of 5/4, while former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is 2/1 to make a return to the club.

Ex-Chelsea stars Gus Poyet and Gianfranco Zola are the next leading candidates, with odds of 3/1 and 12/1 respectively.


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