Zinedine Zidane and Laurent Blanc make moves in the next Chelsea manager market

by Jack Kitson / 01 June 2018, 09:23

From the outside in Chelsea look to be a club in limbo at the moment.

The future of Antonio Conte remains up in the air, although a departure appears inevitable, while a number of key players could be set for summer moves away from Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich’s own future at the club has been thrown into doubt due to his current visa problems, whereas plans for the new £1bn stadium project have been put on hold.

If Chelsea, as expected, do change manager for the 14th time in 15 years (including caretakers), it’s Maurizio Sarri who remains the frontrunner to replace the Real Madrid linked Conte, who is hovering around the 12/1 mark to switch to the Spanish capital.

However, The Sun reports that Chelsea’s interest in Sarri has cooled somewhat due to his volatile nature and complications surrounding his release from Napoli.

The sudden availability of Zinedine Zidane - now 7/2 from 33/1 - means the FA Cup winners could now alter their focus, while Laurent Blanc is also now a contender in the Next Chelsea Manager Market.

Zidane is currently weighing up his options following his surprise decision to leave Real Madrid after hoisting a third straight Champions League trophy.

There will no doubt be a fight for the Frenchman’s signature, but with many top jobs taken, he may decide to take some time out of the beautiful game.

The French national team could be an option after the World Cup, but if he’s keen to join the multitude of “Super Gaffers” in the Premier League then Chelsea could be his next port of call, while a vacancy could soon be opening up at Tottenham, with Mauricio Pochettino the new favourite to replace Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Zidane’s former 1998 World Cup teammate Blanc has also appeared in the Chelsea betting at 6/1, in from 25/1 last week.

Blanc has been out-of-work since leaving his post at PSG two years ago. The 52-year-old won a whopping 11 domestic trophies in three seasons at the French giants - including three league titles - but ultimately paid the price for the club’s “failings” in Europe.

Blanc has also previously enjoyed success with Bordeaux, while he oversaw his country’s national team for two years between 2010 and 2012, reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea could even turn to former boss Avram Grant (20/1)...

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