According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini approached Chelsea about their vacant manager's job, only to suffer a humiliating rejection.

The search to find a new boss at Chelsea is on following the sacking of Avram Grant, and the coaches who have been mostly strongly linked with the position in the media include Frank Rijkaard, Guus Hiddink, Sven Goran Eriksson and Mancini.

The Inter tactician, who last week won his third straight Scudetto in Italy, has been heavily tipped to leave San Siro after a somewhat tumultuous campaign off-the-pitch.

The Gazzetta claims that Mancini contacted Chelsea on Saturday to notify them of his interest in the job, only to be told straight that he wasn't wanted.

"His representatives have repeatedly knocked on our door, but he isn't our man," a source inside the club reportedly stated.