Chelsea deny Van Basten talk

Chelsea have denied claims they have offered the manager's job to anyone other than Avram Grant amid talk of Marco van Basten joining the club.

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Reports on Wednesday suggested the club had spoken to Holland coach van Basten with regards to becoming the long-term successor to Jose Mourinho, who left Stamford Bridge last week.

"Contrary to media reports this morning, Chelsea Football Club totally refute that the job of manager or first team coach has been offered to any individual other than Avram Grant," said a club statement.

"No one at Chelsea FC has been authorised to speak to any individual about the post, either by the board or the owner.

"Also any suggestion that any team plans or arrangements have been changed due to representations from players is also totally false.

"Chelsea is considering its position regarding further action in light of these reports."

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