Manuel Pellegrini’s agent has claimed that Chelsea made contact with him in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure.
Alberto Poletti has revealed that he has had contact with The Blues and admits the Villarreal boss would one day like to coach in England.
“In the last months Atletico Madrid showed interest in him but as he had given his word to Villarreal he will stay with this team until his contract expires and a few weeks ago some people from Chelsea has asked me about him,” Poletti told La Tercera.
“Since Mourinho left Chelsea there have been many candidates for that position and Pellegrini has been one of the names proposed for that position.
“Pellegrini is very interested in working in England because they have one of the most important leagues in the world and Pellegrini is sure that he has the capacity to work there.
“I am very proud in which the way Pellegrini has been growing up in his career because since he left River Plate he had the chance to work in Mexico but he arrived in Villarreal where he has had very good performances,” he said.
Pellegrini, who has been in charge at Villarreal since 2004, has transformed the fortunes of the unheralded side culminating in the club reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2006.