Reports in French media today are stating that France’s national team boss is being sought as the long-term replacement for André Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager.
Roberto Di Matteo is the current incumbent as Chelsea manager having taken over from the Portuguese until the end of the season. Laurent Blanc; a 1998 World Cup winner with the French was set to lead France’s qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup, but Chelsea are set to table an offer which would far exceed that of the Francais Football Federation (FFF).
Blanc had an illustrious playing career winning the European Championships and World Cup with France. He played for a total of nine clubs including Manchester United and Inter Milan. Since becoming a manager he’s been widely seen as one of the bright young coaches in Europe. He joined Bordeaux in 2007 and in his first year leading them was voted manager of the year in France, in his second year he led the team to the league title.
Many top clubs were reportedly tracking Blanc, but he took over the French national team immediately after the 2010 World Cup. “Les Bleus” were at one of the lowest ebbs in their history. Blanc has however apparently helped instill unity in the squad and they qualified impressively for Euro 2012, recovering from a woeful home defeat in their first qualifier with Belarus to remain unbeaten for the rest of the campaign and finishing top of their qualifying group.