• Premier League

Capello's son cools Chelsea link

ESPN staff
May 18, 2012
Fabio Capello resigned as England manager earlier this year © Getty Images

Fabio Capello's son and lawyer Pierfilippo has distanced his father from the vacant Chelsea manager's job.

Reports on Friday suggested that Capello, who resigned as England manager in February, had an interest in succeeding Andre Villas-Boas as the full-time boss at Stamford Bridge.

However, Pierfilippo has moved to calm this speculation - and revealed that Fabio was recently close to landing the top job at Chinese club Guangzhou.

Asked about Chelsea, Pierfilippo told TuttoMercato: "Unfortunately, these are just wonderful inventions by newspapers. A future in China the same as [Marcello] Lippi? My father was already close to the same club [Guangzhou], then it all came to nothing.

"[But] any possibility cannot be excluded, as long as the project is successful and exciting."

Pierfilippo later told Sky Sport Italia that Fabio "has had no contact with Chelsea, but other clubs have stepped forward.

"As of today, there is no chance of that happening. I was also astounded to read these reports, but there really is nothing in it. He has had no contact with Chelsea.

"Other clubs have stepped forward, but these were only initial contacts and not any actual proposals. This is the month of transfer games and so much talk, but contracts are not signed now.

"The economic issue comes later, as when negotiating the first aspect we ask about is the potential of a side, the desire to buy players and seasonal objectives."

Chelsea, currently led by interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday.

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