Portugal playmaker Deco has confirmed Chelsea are interested in signing him but insisted he had not spoken to Luiz Felipe Scolari about a move to Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho tried and failed to take Deco to Chelsea four-years ago, but now with Barcelona ready to let him leave, Scolari looks to have made the 30-year-old one of his top transfer targets.
“There is interest from Chelsea, which is normal,” he told Marca.
“But Scolari has not told me anything, we are now just talking to the club.”
Mourinho, now in charge at Internazionale, is also believed to be keen to working withDeco again.
“Of course, there are other possibilities,” he added.
Meanwhile, Deco has backed Scolari – who has been criticised in some sections of the Portuguese press for the timing of the announcement that he was taking over at Chelsea.
“I believe Scolari was totally honest throughout all this process,” he told the Daily Express
“He was at the end of his contract with Portugal, and people have to understand that he has to make the right decisions for his career.
“I was sad when he told us he was going because it means we are losing a man and a coach who was primarily responsible for the way we have recovered confidence as a squad and a team.
“He is the man responsible for the spirit and life we have inside this team and for the fantastic sense of unity we have. But above all I was happy for him and I am certain that he will have a lot of success at Chelsea.
“People also have to understand that because Scolari always speaks honestly that what he says he feels for Portugal is truly in his heart,” he continued.
“Anybody who doubts this or uses this to criticise his decision is doing so out of malice.
“The dream of Scolari is to conquer something important with Portugal.
“We are all with him and now we are even more motivated to reach our objective, which is to be champions of Europe.”