World Football Gossip Roundup: Roberto Di Matteo, Pep Guardiola, David Beckham
With the brief Roberto Di Matteo era already over, Chelsea and owner Roman Abramovich will now move on to finding yet another manager to lead the club.
Who might that be?
The sacking of RDM and Chelsea's search for Mr. Perfect lead this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Meanwhile, David Beckham plots his next move after announcing this week that he'll be leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Read on for all the details.
Roberto Di Matteo Sacked by Chelsea; Pep Guardiola to Replace Him?
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Chelsea sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo hours after the Blues lost 3-0 at Juventus on Tuesday in UEFA Champions League group play (via The Guardian).
Di Matteo, 42, took over as interim manager following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in March. He led the Blues to FA Cup and Champions League titles in May and was given the job full-time over the summer.
The Guardian reports that Chelsea have approached former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez about taking over on an interim basis. The club's long-term target appears to be former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
The Daily Mail reports that Guardiola was approached by Chelsea's representatives on Oct. 23. Guardiola reportedly has always been the first choice of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
PSG Rule out Bid for David Beckham
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Paris Saint-Germain have ruled out a bid for David Beckham, according to The Guardian.
Beckham, 37, announced this week that next month's MLS Cup final will be his final match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The former England captain has not specified his next move.
PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti seemed to rule out a move for Beckham.
"Beckham? We have not made an offer," Ancelotti said via L'Equipe. "We're done (signing new players). Good luck to him for the future."
What Options Does David Beckham Have?
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The Sun reports that David Beckham has six options open to him, including some in the Premier League.
The paper lists Australia, England, UAE, China, France and Russia as possible destinations.
The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, reports that West Ham want to sign Beckham. The move would reportedly help West Ham's bid to move into London's Olympic Stadium.
Roma Interested in Tomas Rosicky?
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AS Roma have contacted Arsenal about the possible £5 million transfer of Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (via talkSPORT).
Rosicky, 32, has not played this season due to injuries. He joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006.
Barcelona, Real Madrid Watching Tottenham Pair?
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Barcelona and Real Madrid have taken an interest in Tottenham teenagers Alex Pritchard and Shaquille Coulthirst (via Metro).
Coulthirst, an 18-year-old forward, reportedly scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Barcelona in the NextGen Series. Pritchard (pictured), a 19-year-old midfielder, also scored.