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Abramovich chasing pep

Pep Guardiola appears increasingly keen on working in the English Premier League when he returns to management, with Roman Abramovich set to try to bring him to Chelsea this summer.

The 41-year-old took charge of his last game as Barcelona coach last night, the Spanish Cup against Athletic Bilbao, and is understood to be wavering on his announcement that he will take a season's sabbatical.

Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, has made Guardiola his No 1 choice to take over at Stamford Bridge and has made several attempts to win over the Spaniard since sacking Andre Villas-Boas in March. The chances of Roberto Di Matteo being given the job full-time remain remote, despite him securing the Champions League and FA Cup.

Di Matteo is aware Abramovich is not convinced he is the right man to take Chelsea forward on a permanent basis. At the same time, Di Matteo has made it clear he does not want the job on only a one-year contract and is considering his options.

Guardiola has been quoted as saying: "I will be ready to return if one club wants me and seduces me."(© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent