Last Updated: Sat, 08 Dec 2012 13:10
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will reportedly be offered a £20million-a-season contract to take over at Chelsea in the summer.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has been desperate to get the Spanish tactician on board following his great success at Barca, where he quit at the end of the season to go on a 12-month sabbatical.
Guardiola refused to be considered for the post when Roberto Di Matteo was recently shown the Stamford Bridge exit door which resulted in the Blues handing Rafa Benitez the position on an interim basis until the end of the season.
However, reports claim Abramovich will look to fend off interest from other top European clubs by offering Guardiola a four-year contract worth £20million for each year, plus bonuses.
Despite the attractive proposition, it is believed that Guardiola is not impressed at the way Abramovich deals with his managers after sacking eight in his nine-and-a-half years at the club.
And his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, has also stressed that Guardiola would not be making up his mind on his future before the new year.
"Pep Guardiola will not decide anything before January. I was with him in New York, 15 days ago, and he told me that he will not decide before January or February which team he will coach or if he will sit on any bench next season," he told Brazilian website Lancenet.
"It doesn't matter what happens, before that period he will not take any decision with any club nor with any national team. Only he will decide his future, he has the personality to do that. Now he is with his family, resting, reading, enjoying his hobbies, watching football... in January he will start to think about which team he will lead next season."
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