Grant rejected Abramovich offer to make shock Chelsea return

Avram Grant has rejected a shock return to Chelsea.

The Daily Mail says Grant has rejected Roman Abramovich's invitation to return to Chelsea despite being offered more money than he stands to earn as manager of West Ham.

Grant has snubbed the director of football role he occupied at Stamford Bridge before replacing Jose Mourinho as manager in September 2007.

Despite being sacked by Abramovich two years ago after Chelsea missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester United before losing on penalties to Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the Champions League final, Grant remains close to the Russian billionaire.

Abramovich was prepared to top the £1.3million a year West Ham are offering Grant to replace Gianfranco Zola.

But Grant has opted to remain in the dug-out rather than take another behind-the-scenes post.