Currently enjoying an incredible season with surprise table-toppers Leicester City, Claudio Ranieri is apparently once again in the sights of Chelsea, a club he managed between 2000 and 2004 at the very start of the Roman Abramovich era.
The Telegraph reports that the affable Italian is on a list drawn up by the Blues’ bigwigs, as they plan for life after interim boss Guus Hiddink exits at the end of the current season. Juventus boss Max Allegri and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone are apparently at the top of Chelsea’s wishlist.
However, if either of those heavyweight coaches can’t be tempted to west London, then Ranieri, along with Stoke boss Mark Hughes and even Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could be next in line. Which all seems rather speculative to us (particularly the Howe bit).
Abramovich seems to have a penchant for bringing back former managers to Chelsea, however with the Foxes headed for European football and the Blues struggling, one wonders if the 64-year-old Ranieri would return to Stamford Bridge. Still, what a story it would make if it did happen!