Confirmed: Arsenal cleared to complete signing as Chelsea rule out move for Liverpool hero


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Chelsea have reportedly ruled out the possibility of Brendan Rodgers taking over from Antonio Conte in the summer.

Conte is expected to move on from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season following a disappointing 2017/18 campaign and the Blues are drawing up a list of potential replacements for the Italian.

Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri, Luis Enrique and Max Allegri are among the leading candidates but Celtic boss Rodgers is not being considered for the job.

According to The Telegraph, Rodgers’ handling of several Chelsea loanees has upset the club where he worked as youth coach from 2004 to 2008. The Blues were unhappy with the game-time Josh McEachran received under Rodgers at Swansea and were left frustrated with his handling of Victor Moses at Liverpool.

Charly Musonda has only started two league matches under the Northern Irish manager since his loan move to Celtic in January and this has also angered Chelsea. It’s suggested that Chelsea feel betrayed as Rodgers promised that all three players would get regular minutes under his stewardship.

Rodgers also angered the Blues back in 2012 when he was asked about his chances of succeeding Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge. ‘I am trying to build my career and not destroy it,’ he said.

Rodgers has insisted that he is ‘happy’ at Celtic despite speculation also linking him with Arsenal. ‘I’ve got huge respect for Arsenal as a club.

When I started my coaching career Arsene was just coming into the club and I learned so much in that period as a young coach watching him and watching his dignity and class and how he dealt with everything, so it’s a club I’ve got huge respect for,’ he responded. ‘But I’m so happy here at Celtic. I’m in a job I love, it’s a huge club with big expectancy and big pressure.

‘I would love to work in the Premier League again one day, but I’m hopefully going to be coaching for another 20-odd years. So it’s no time soon. ‘I’m so happy. I have a great loyalty to the board here, who have been so supportive of me. And from the first day I walked in, the supporters have given me everything. ‘I feel a loyalty to them to ensure we keep moving the club forward and keep progressing.’


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