• Premier League

Guardiola laughs off Chelsea links

ESPN staff
March 6, 2012

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has laughed off speculation linking him with the manager's job at Chelsea.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is seeking out a new boss after dispensing with the services of Andre Villas-Boas at the weekend.

Given the stature of Chelsea and the money likely to be available, the Blues have been linked with the cream of the managerial crop - with Guardiola high in the bookmakers' lists.

Guardiola has enjoyed incredible success during his time at Barcelona, but his future is in doubt as he has only committed to one-year contracts.

The Spaniard was probed about his future at a press conference and he took the opportunity to hand journalists some copy.

Asked if there had been any contact, he said sarcastically: "I speak every day with Chelsea.

"Villas-Boas seems like a great coach. The time (managers get) depends on the results, not on our abilities. I'm not capable of judging the reasons for his dismissal."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.