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Benitez planning to approach Abramovich for Chelsea job

Rafa Benitez is keen on Carlo Ancelotti's job at Chelsea. The Guardian says former Liverpool boss Benítez will express an interest in managing Chelsea if Roman Abramovich, as anticipated, opts to part company with Ancelotti this summer.

Chelsea would offer him an attractive opportunity at a club competing in the Champions League - the Londoners still harbour some hopes of retaining their league title - and the 51-year-old is understood to be keen to be considered should Ancelotti's two-year period in charge end next month.

Abramovich and the club's chief executive, Ron Gourlay, will be aware of his interest but will not make a decision on the Italian's future before the end of the current campaign.

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