Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim has responded to claims that Chelsea have offered him to succeed Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have parted ways with Tuchel after 17 months with the German at the helm.
A 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League would be his last game in charge of the Blues.
The west London side immediately replaced the German with Graham Potter from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Before the England manager was appointed as Tuchel’s successor, reports had suggested that the Blues were interested in Amorim.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has contacted the Portuguese tactician’s agent to inquire about his availability.
Amorim has now commented on speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge, saying (via O Jogo):
“The project I am in is the project I want. I still have a year and a half of contract; Chelsea have presented a coach for the next five years. I’m happy here and I can’t think of another project.
The Sporting CP boss took over the Primera Liga outfit in 2020 after impressing at SC Braga.
His stock as one of Europe’s most exciting managers has been growing ever since. Amorim rebuilt Sporting into one of the best teams in Portugal.
The Portuguese tactician led his side to the Primera Liga title in 2021 as Sporting failed to win the league for 19 years.
His current record at the José Alvalade stadium stands at 112 games managed, 80 wins, 16 draws and 16 losses. Amorim is posting a points-per-game record of 2.29.
He still has two years left on his current contract.
Tuchel at odds with Chelsea owners over signing former Amorim teammate Cristiano Ronaldo
Reports claim that one of the main reasons Tuchel eventually left Stamford Bridge was his disagreement with Boehly over blackmailing Ronaldo.
The Manchester United striker had apparently made it known he wanted to leave Old Trafford and join a Champions League side.
Boehly wanted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to join his Bridge revolution.
However, Tuchel defiantly opposed the Portuguese striker’s arrival and told Boehly when the American businessman asked:
“He will destroy the spirit in my dressing room.”
Instead, Ronaldo stayed at United while Tuchel bid farewell to Chelsea.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for both the United striker and the now unemployed Champions League and Ligue 1-winning former manager.