The Telegraph says feeling vindicated in his choice of replacement for Jose Mourinho, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is now keen to tie Grant down in the long term.

So far the Israeli has been working on the old terms and wages that he had as technical director at Chelsea, but a new deal could see a hike to around £1.5m-a-year with bonuses, and it is thought the financial issues will be finalised in the next few days.