The Blues are reportedly interested to sign Jose Mourinho’s assistant Rui Faria, who will leave Manchester United at the end of the summer.
Chelsea has had a torturous season so far after failing to qualify for the Champions League and losing 3-0 to former boss Rafael Benitez’ Newcastle United. And Antonio Conte’s fate may have already been sealed despite an FA Cup final to come against Manchester United next week.
However, at fierce rivals club Manchester United, Jose Mourinho’s assistant Rui Faria has decided to step down as the ‘Special One’s’ number two man. In a statement published yesterday, Faria was quoted saying, “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on. I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life. My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream”
Earlier reports had claimed that Faria was ready to take over as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal but according to Don Balon, Chelsea is keen on making Faria their club manager for next season. Antonio Conte’s future is still up in the air and the Italian is likely to leave after the FA Cup final.
What fueled the rumors further that Faria could take up the reins at Stamford Bridge was when Jose Mourinho commented on his fellow Portuguese. The 55-year-old Manchester United boss spoke highly of his assistant who worked with him for 17 years, “The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.”
Honestly, it wouldn’t come as a surprise that Rui Faria would take up the Chelsea job. The 42-year-old has spent the same amount of time at West London as Mourinho by being his assistant. Faria knows the club and players quite well at Chelsea which would is all the more likely that he take up the job at Chelsea. The Blues will compete in the Europa League which would be less pressure on the manager.