‘Lampard is the right man’ Champions League winner rules himself out of Chelsea job

The ex-Chelsea man will not be returning

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Chelsea job this summer, insisting that he will see his contract with Real Madrid out before considering his next move in 2024.

The Blues parted ways with Graham Potter after just seven months at the helm, with the ex-Brighton man having led them to 11th in the Premier League.

A 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa proved the final straw, despite his side having more than enough chances to get a result from the game, and the Blues were booed off by those in the home crowd who had stayed until the end.

They have since appointed former failed manager and club legend Frank Lampard to the role, two years after he was sacked in favour of Thomas Tuchel, in what is an interim role until the end of the season.

But their hunt for a permanent boss is continuing, with Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann among the candidates to be interviewed for the job in the coming weeks.

There were also talks of them returning to old bosses, with all of Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and current Real Madrid boss Ancelotti on the cards.

The Italian, known affectionately as ‘the Don’, has put an end to that speculation ahead of Real Madrid meeting Chelsea in the Champions League, however.

“I have a fantastic memory of Chelsea. I am a supporter of the club. I won’t return there”, he explained.

“Me going back to Chelsea as coach? No. I think Lampard is the right man and he will do a great job with them”

Long-linked with the Brazil national team job when his contract expires in 2024, Ancelotti was in charge of the Blues from 2009 to 2011, during which time he lifted a Premier League title and an FA Cup.

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