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Bookies slash odds as Chelsea close in on next manager

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Manuel Pelligrini has seen has odds of becoming the next Chelsea manager slashed by bookmakers amid reports the Malaga boss has been approached for the position, although Jose Mourinho remains he favourite to take the role this summer.

Rafael Benitez is set to leave Chelsea in May when his interim tenure with the club comes to an end, and the race to become the next permanent Blues manager is beginning to hot up as the end of the season approaches.

Pelligrini has been shortened dramatically to 2/1 after it was claimed the Chilean had been sounded out by Chelsea, with preliminary talks about succeeding Benitez at Chelsea already taking place.

Mourinho, however, is still the odds on favourite with the bookies, and his position as the frontrunner to join Chelsea was strengthened by reports that the Portuguese has informed some people that he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Real Madrid boss is reported to have told Manuel Alvarez, the president of CD Canillas, where Mourinho’s son is on the books, that he will not be at the Santiago Bernabeu next term, fuelling renewed speculation of a move to Chelsea.

Mourinho left Chelsea in acrimonious circumstances in September 2007 having led the club to two Premier League titles, but the 50-year-old has since patched up his differences with owner Roman Abramovich.

The Portuguese is, however, also wanted by Monaco - backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev - and the Ligue 2 club are reported to have made an approach.

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