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World Football Managers Gossip: Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 25, 2013

World Football Managers Gossip: Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez

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    The managerial merry-go-round continues to spin, and we have all the latest updates here.

    Where will Rafa Benitez end up after leaving Chelsea? When will the Special One return?

    What's next for Walter Mazzarri and Roberto Martinez? And will PSG let Carlo Ancelotti go?

    We have the latest news on all those stories inside. Keep reading for all the details.

Jose Mourinho

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    Outgoing Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho wants midfielder Luka Modric to join him at Chelsea, according to an exclusive by The Sun.

    Mourinho, 50, is set to leave Real in early June and is being linked heavily with a return to Chelsea, where he previously managed from 2004-07.

    Modric, 27, joined Real from Tottenham last summer and has made 31 La Liga appearances this season. Chelsea would reportedly bid £30 million for him.

    “Mourinho’s very keen to clinch a deal for Modric,” a Chelsea source is quoted as saying. “He knows it will be tough but if anyone can make it happen, we believe Jose can.”

Rafa Benitez

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    Outgoing interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is set to join Serie A runners-up Napoli on a two-year contract next week, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Benitez, 53, took over as Chelsea's interim manager last November after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. He led the Blues to the Europa League title and third place in the English Premier League.

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has reportedly confirmed the hiring, saying:

    “I’ve given myself a gift for my 64th birthday. Benitez will be the next Napoli coach. I’ll make it official in the next few days as Benitez needs to end things with Chelsea. He’ll have a two-year contract, no longer."

    According to the Mirror, Napoli want Benitez to bring striker Fernando Torres with him.

    Benitez has also managed Liverpool and Inter Milan, winning the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005. He would replace Walter Mazzarri, who managed Napoli from 2009-13.

Walter Mazzarri

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    Inter Milan have appointed Walter Mazzarri as the club's new manager, replacing the sacked Andrea Stramaccioni. Mazzarri, 51, has signed a two-year contract reportedly worth €3.5 per year according to Gazzetta Dello Sport (via The Guardian).

    Mazzarri led Napoli to second place in Serie A this spring after last season's Coppa Italia title. He has previously managed Sampdoria and Reggina among others.

    Inter finished ninth, 18 points adrift of Champions League qualification.

Roberto Martinez

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    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who is the favorite to succeed David Moyes at Everton, has flown to Spain to consider his future, according to the Daily Mail.

    Martinez, 39, has managed Wigan since 2009. He led the Latics to the FA Cup title this season. His only previous managerial stop was Swansea City from 2007-09.

    Wigan finished 18th in the Premier League this season and were relegated. Everton finished sixth.

    According to the Mail, other candidates for the Everton job include Celtic's Neil Lennon, West Brom's Steve Clarke, Porto's Vitor Pereira and Cardiff's Malky Mackay.

Carlo Ancelotti

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    Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti reiterated his desire to leave the club at Saturday's press conference ahead of his club's final match of the season away at Lorient.

    Ancelotti, 53, joined PSG in 2011 and led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season. He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace the departing Jose Mourinho, but PSG this week blocked his request to leave according to CNN.

    "I have not changed my mind," Ancelotti told reporters Saturday at a press conference. "It will be discussed in the coming days and we will try to find the right solution for myself and the club."

    Ancelotti previously managed Juventus, Milan and Chelsea among others.

     

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