Tuesday, 21st June, 2011

The appointment of FC Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas as the new Chelsea boss has become a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.

While the Portuguese champions have continued to confirm that Villas-Boas’ release clause of €15M has not been exercised, the expectation is that Chelsea will soon dispatch the required amount to Porto.

The 33-year-old, who led FC Porto to the Portuguese title and Europa League last season, had set his heart on remaining with the club until at least the end of next season: Jose Mourinho’s former assistant was keen to lead the side into the Champions League and bid to repeat the success of his mentor.

However, the size of the package placed on the table by Chelsea has left sources close to Villas-Boas stating that there is no way the young coach can refuse such an astronomical amount.

Villas-Boas is rated as the brightest young coaching talent in world football, but a switch to Chelsea will instantly place him under intense pressure. A second place finish in the Premier League, plus a Champions League quarter-final spot, was not enough to keep Carlo Ancelotti in his job last season. Better will be expected from Villas-Boas.

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