Guardiola laughs off links with Chelsea job

 

Pep Guardiola last night laughed off speculation linking him with the vacant post at Stamford Bridge. He was asked if he had been contacted by Chelsea and jokingly replied: "Every day, every day."

The 41-year-old coach, whose deal at the Nou Camp runs out on 30 June, also backed the fired Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. The two met at last season's coaches' forum in Nyon, Switzerland, and Villas-Boas, despite having once been an assistant to the present Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, was an outspoken admirer of the Barcelona coach.

Guardiola said of Villas-Boas: "I think he is a fantastic coach but we all know that in this business everything depends on results and not on our own capacity as a coach. Time is not something you get but when you do this job you know that. I can't comment any more because I don't know the situation at Chelsea."

Barcelona will be in the Champions League quarter-final draw on 16 March if they maintain a 3-1 first-leg lead over Bayer Leverkusen tonight.

The Germany coach Joachim Löw has refused to comment on speculation linking him with the vacancy at Chelsea. A report in a Swiss newspaper claimed he had met Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, in a Geneva hotel to discuss the possibility of the 52-year-old replacing Villas-Boas.

Chelsea denied any meeting had taken place and Löw, in Geneva with the German Football Federation, yesterday declined to discuss the issue. He said: "I have a contract as national team coach until 2014. The European Championship starts in three months and everyone knows my goal. I see no reason for me to comment on speculation."

The Swansea manager, Brendan Rodgers, emphatically ruled himself out, saying: "If any of our fans are wondering about me and Chelsea, they need not panic. I am trying to build my career and not destroy it."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before