The former Benfica and Sporting CP coach has instead taken charge of Brazilian side Flamengo
Former Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has reportedly turned down an offer to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager
Sarri looks set to leave the Blues after just one season in charge and is expected to be named Juventus boss, reports claim.
The Italian secured a third-placed Premier League finish and won the Europa League in his debut season in England, as well as reaching the EFL Cup final.
But he came under fire from the Chelsea supporters, who criticised his style of play while the Blues languished well behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
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Chelsea were ready to sack the 60-year-old in February after a series of terrible results, before a 2-0 victory over Tottenham turned things around.
Juventus have reportedly offered Sarri a three-year deal after making him their No. 1 target to replace Massimiliano Allegri in the dugout.
And Jesus is alleged to have been offered the opportunity to succeed Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
South American journalist Thiago Asmar has claimed Jesus, the former Benfica and Sporting CP manager, rejected Roman Abramovich’s offer, however, as he ‘wanted a bigger challenge’
The 64-year-old instead decided to accept when offered the chance to become Flamengo manager following the departure of Abel Braga last month.
Chelsea have reportedly drawn up a list of targets for the soon-to-be-vacant position, and it is said to feature club legend Frank Lampard as well as England assistant Steve Holland.
Holland, 49, was number two at Chelsea for six years after making the step up from reserves coach and is held in high regard at Stamford Bridge.
Published at Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:00:06 +0000