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Chelsea meet with Nagelsmann as club set five man managerial shortlist

Chelsea have reportedly met with Julian Nagelsmann over their vacant managerial role.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a new manager for the second time this season, with Graham Potter having been relieved of his duties earlier this month following an ill-fated spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.


The Solihull-born boss was initially brought in back in September as Todd Boehly’s prime candidate to replace Thomas Tuchel, though 11 defeats in his 31 games in charge saw the axe somewhat unsurprisingly fall on the 47-year-old with Chelsea languishing in 11th in the Premier League.

The new Chelsea owner has said the club are keen to conduct a ‘thorough process’ before appointing Potter’s permanent replacement, with club legend and former manager, Frank Lampard, in interim charge until the end of the season.

Following Potter’s sacking, Chelsea swiftly held talks with former Spain and Barcelona boss, Luis Enrique, who jetted to London on April 5th for discussions with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Aside from Enrique, Julian Nagelsmann has been strongly linked with the vacant role in West London following his sacking from Bayern Munich last month, and according to the Times, the German held talks with the club on Thursday.

They say Nagelsmann was keen to ‘learn more about the club’s long-term plans’ and ‘how much authority he would have’ if he were to take over at Chelsea.

The German is not expected to be short of suitors having emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young coaches in recent years, with Real Madrid and PSG potentially in the market for a new manager this summer. Spurs have also been in contact with the 35-year-old, though of the two London clubs, The Times say that Nagelsmann prefers the Chelsea job.

It insists that ‘no preferred option has yet been identified’ by Chelsea, though names Mauricio Pochettino, Luciano Spalletti and Rúben Amorim as managers that make up a five man shortlist. It adds that Burnley’s Vincent Kompany and Palmeiras’ Abel Ferreira are both also ‘admired’.

Frank Lampard is currently in charge, though has lost all three games under his interim management, with a Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid up next on Tuesday.

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