- Jorge Jesus has reportedly rejected the chance to succeed the Italian boss at Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea are in search for a potential manager to replace Maurizio Sarri
- Sarri is on the verge of making a return to Italy to take over the vacant Juventus job
Former Benfica and Sporting CP boss, Jorge Jesus, has reportedly rejected Chelsea managerial role ahead of Maurizio Sarri's imminent departure.
Sarri looks set to depart Chelsea this summer after just one season in the Premier League for a return to Italy.
He has been tipped to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus, forcing the Blues to enter the market in search of his successor.
Sarri's imminent exit is said to have placed Jesus in the frame to replace him, but the 64-year-old has turned down the offer as he "wanted a bigger challenge."
Jesus has since accepted to become Flamengo manager, replacing Abel Braga who left the Brazil club in May.
Chelsea have reportedly drawn up a list of potential candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant managerial job.
Frank Lampard and Max Allegri are said to be the leading candidates for the Stamford Bridge post.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported Chelsea staff appear conflicted on who should take over as club manager should Maurizio Sarri depart this summer.
According to a report citing Bleacher reporter Dean Jones, conflict of interest has taken centre stage in the Chelsea backroom pitting the coaching and playing staff and the board of directors.
Jones claimed "people on the ground" are keen to have Lampard take over the reigns, but the club's hierarchy believe that could be a huge risk.
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