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Former Barcelona chief 'would consider' approach from Blues

By James Dall.   Last Updated: 10/02/09 9:13am

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Frank Rijkaard's agent has told Sky Sports News that the Dutchman 'would consider' a proposal from Chelsea, although he confirmed no approach has been made as yet.

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"He is obviously a big fan of the game and a big fan of the Premier League, so he is interested in working in the Premier League."
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Chelsea are seeking a new manager following the shock sacking of Brazilian tactician Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday.

A number of high-profile coaches have already been linked with the vacant post, with the latest reports suggesting former Blues boss Avram Grant could return on a short-term basis.

Long-term plan

Rijkaard has also been mooted as a potential target, with the ex-Barcelona manager out of work since he departed the Camp Nou at the end of last season.

And, speaking to Sky Sports News on Tuesday, Rijkaard's agent, Perry Overeem, has admitted the 46-year-old would be interested in a permanent role in the Premier League.

Overeem said: "He is obviously a big fan of the game and a big fan of the Premier League, so he is interested in working in the Premier League.

"Yes (Rijkaard would be looking for a long-term role). But it depends on all the conditions and the plans.

"It would have to be a long-term plan for him, not just something for one or one-and-a-half seasons.

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"He would consider every serious job offer from one of the major soccer leagues in Europe, obviously Chelsea and the Premier is one of those.

"He could certainly consider those ideas [a move to Chelsea]."

When asked whether he thought Rijkaard would be daunted by the regular changing of manager at Stamford Bridge, Overeem added: "I don't think Frank will be scared of those statistics.

"He would just think of himself as maybe the one candidate who can stay their longer than the other coaches."

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