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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Jose who?: Chelsea has reportedly reached an agreement to hire Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas. AP PHOTO

Report: Chelsea hires Porto coach Villas-Boas


LISBON — Chelsea is hiring Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas for next season, Portuguese media reports said Monday.

Chelsea has agreed to pay the ?15 million ($21 million) release clause in the coach's contract with Porto, according to reports by the national news agency Lusa and several newspaper websites. Villas-Boas has a contract at Porto through 2013.

Porto officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The club would have to announce the completion of any deal to the Lisbon stock exchange, where it is listed, but had not done so by midday.

The 33-year-old Villas-Boas, a former assistant of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, has been singled out as one of Europe's most promising young coaches after guiding Porto to the Portuguese league and Cup and the Europa League title last season — his first in charge at the Portuguese club. He was the youngest coach to win a UEFA club competition.

If he moved to the Premier League, it would be a huge career leap for someone with just two seasons under his belt as a first-team club coach after moving to Porto from Portugal's Academica.

Chelsea is looking to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired last month after his second season at Stamford Bridge ended without a trophy.

Dutch coach Guus Hiddink was also linked with a return to the Blues, where he won the F.A. Cup as a caretaker manager in 2009.

Villas-Boas was a scout for Mourinho at Chelsea and, later, at Inter Milan. Mourinho, who is now at Real Madrid, moved in 2004 from Porto to Chelsea where he won back-to-back Premier League titles.

Inter considers Capello


MILAN, Italy — England coach Fabio Capello could be about to make a move to Inter Milan.

With current Inter coach Leonardo negotiating for an executive position with Paris Saint-Germain, the Gazzetta dello Sport reported Monday that Capello is now the most logical choice for club president Massimo Moratti.

"I want a coach I can trust," Moratti told the Gazzetta. "We want someone with experience and charisma."

However, Moratti was hesitant to dwell on Capello, saying only, "Eh, Capello. . . . I don't want to offend anyone, Italians or foreigners."

Capello's contract with England expires after next year's European Championship, but Moratti said he wants to appoint a new coach by the end of this week.

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