Ruben Amorim opens up on Chelsea links after direct talks with Boehly

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Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim claims he is fully focused on his current job amid links over a future move to Chelsea. Blues owner Todd Boehly is claimed to have spoken directly to Amorim ahead of appointing Graham Potter as new head coach.

Chelsea moved quickly to appoint Potter following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday morning. Potter’s appointment was confirmed on Thursday afternoon after Brighton granted permission for his exit.

Boehly did consider alternative options. Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane are both out of work and were linked with the vacancy.

Potter was always the preferred candidate for the new Chelsea owner. But Sky Sports News claimed on Thursday that talks were held with Amorim.

Boehly did not view the 37-year-old as a target for now, but wanted to express his admiration for a potential future appointment down the line. However, Amorim is not getting sidetracked by those rumours.

He told Portuguese outlet O Jogo: “The project I am in is the project I want. I have another year and a half of contract.

“Chelsea have presented a coach for the next five years. I am happy here and I am not thinking about another project.”

Amorim won 14 caps for Portugal in his playing career, which included spells at Benfica and SC Braga. He first stepped into management in the third tier of Portuguese football with Casa Pia in 2018.

He then moved to Braga, where he won the country’s league cup, before taking over at Sporting in 2020. He led the club to their first top-flight title in 19 years in his first full season in charge.

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Sporting got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start on Wednesday. They beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 away from home.

Next up in the competition they host Tottenham on Tuesday in Lisbon. Spurs have some extra days of rest before the game following the postponement of all Premier League matches this weekend after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Portimonense are next up in the league for Sporting. Amorim is wary of Spurs having more time to prepare for Tuesday’s match.

He said: “We have an idea. We have already prepared the games between games. The rotation was done today.

“We want to beat Portimonense and that is the best way to recover. We know that if Tottenham don’t have a game they are already preparing for the other game.”

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