Ruben Amorim asked about Chelsea links as rumors emerge about next manager

Ruben Amorim played coy when asked about the Chelsea rumors after his name was thrown into the hat of the Stamford Bridge dugout. The Sporting Lisbon boss, who has been on a rollercoaster of speculation linking him with Liverpool and West Ham, has seen those options fade with Arne Slot set to take charge at Anfield and Julen Lopetegui in talks with the Hammers.

Once the golden boy of European management, with his sights set on the Barcelona job before Xavi decided to stay, Amorim’s whirlwind trip to London has caused a stir. He had to apologize for the excursion, despite having received the green light from Sporting, but the streets are full of rumors that he was not only sightseeing but also chatting with Chelsea representatives, while Mauricio Pochettino’s stay at the Blues is on the line. up for grabs despite a recent uptick in form.

When pressed on Friday to put himself in Pochettino’s shoes, Amorim kept his cards close to his chest and said: “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. You have already created your theories. I have no problem.” Stay with your ideas. I’m not going to say why (I went to London).

“I’ve already told the people who need to know, especially (sports director) Hugo Viana. I’ll move on. I saw that (Vitoria coach) Álvaro (Pacheco) has also had problems with a dinner lately! I guess which is fashionable “Talk about coaches, or talk about clubs that fire coaches and then the next day you hire another one.”

The highly regarded Portuguese tactician was referring to the dramatic events in which Vitoria coach Pacheco spoke to Brazilian club Cuiabá on Monday, ultimately rejecting their offer and insisting he “never had any plans” to leave, reports the Mirror.

However, Amorim cannot escape the headlines, even with the Primeira Liga title in sight. “I try to be honest with you, but then soap operas are created saying that I offer myself to other clubs, which is really fun to see,” continued the former Braga coach.

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