Ex-Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui keen on succeeding Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

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FORMER Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has allegedly approached Chelsea to confirm his interest in replacing Maurizio Sarri.

Speculation continues to mount over the Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge with Juventus believed to be keen on bringing him back to Serie A.

Ex-Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui keen on succeeding Maurizio Sarri at ChelseaReuters1 Julen Lopetegui has reportedly declared his interest in replacing Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

Sarri, 60, led the Blues to a third-place finish and to next week’s Europa League Final with Arsenal – but the Baku showdown with the Gunners may well be his final match in charge.

Disgruntled fans are bored of his football as rumours continue to swell Chelsea are lining-up a swoop for their ex-midfielder Frank Lampard.

Now The Times claim Spaniard Lopetegui has thrown his hat into the ring if the job is going.

The 52-year-old has been out of work since October when he was sacked for the second time within six months.

He had only been in charge of the Galacticos for 14 matches before a 5-1 mauling at the hands of Barcelona proved to be the final straw for the Bernabeu board.

That followed his dramatic exit from the Spain national team last summer on the eve of the World Cup.

Despite that tough period, Lopetegui is keen to get back into the dug-out and he appears to have set his sights on the Premier League.

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Today’s report states he “has been in England making contact with several clubs recently” – with the main one being the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Lopetegui is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, someone the Blues board know well from numerous transfer deals over recent years.

But after declaring interest in the potential role, both the Portuguese negotiator and Lopetegui failed to receive any indication either way on whether Sarri will get the axe.

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