Jorge Jesus is believed to have turned down the opportunity to become the Chelsea manager this summer, according to Fox Sports Brazil.
The former Sporting Lisbon and Benfica manager is currently plying his trade in Brazil with Flamengo and revealed to Paulo Vinícius Coelho that he had the chance to earn a lot more money elsewhere, including at Stamford Bridge.
“If it were for the money, I could have stayed at Al Hilal. I could also have gone to clubs in England,” Fox Sports Brazil quote him as saying, although Coelho has explained that Jesus told him that he received a proposal from Newcastle United and that he could have taken over from Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
Jesus’ CV is certainly an impressive one and it is hardly a surprise to hear that he had offers from England about potentially having a go in the Premier League, especially from a club like Chelsea.
The 65-year-old has won a number of Portuguese titles with Benfica (where he was most successful) including three Primeira Liga trophies in 09/10, 13/14 and 14/15 (Transfermarkt) which, perhaps, would usually fit the type of profile the Blues would like to have at the helm.
Prior to joining Flamengo this summer, it was understood that Jesus would have jumped at the chance of managing in the Premier League when the rumoured interest from Newcastle was being documented, although it appears the proposal put to him was not to his liking.
However, it appears as though he has taken to life rather well in Serie A though as Flamengo currently sit third, having won eight of their 14 games so far (WhoScored).
Whether he would have had the same success at Chelsea is unknown, but his apparent decision not to head to SW6 has meant Frank Lampard has been given the opportunity to take over at his former club.
It will be intriguing to learn the reasons as to why Jesus decided against heading to Chelsea this summer to replace Sarri, but it may just be a case of ‘what could have been’.
Many of the faithful at Stamford Bridge will be keen to see how Lampard handles the pressure and will be looking forward to his managerial tenure amid signs of huge promise, so the news regarding the 65-year-old is unlikely to have a huge effect on things in west London.
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