Pep Guardiola has distanced himself from the vacant Chelsea job after confirming he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.
Guardiola’s recent decision to announce his resignation as Barcelona boss has increased speculation that he will take over as manager of the Premier League club next season.
It has been rumored that the 41-year-old is the number one target for Blues owner Roman Abramovich to take over at Stamford Bridge.
However the Spaniard has confirmed he is not interested in the job as he is to take a break from the game.
"I never met with Roman Abramovich nor any Chelsea representative. I'm not interesting in coaching now," he told reporters. "My desire is to make other things, maybe sometime in the future I will go back to a bench, but I don't know at the moment.
"I don't have anything to prove, I'm not interested in proving myself abroad and will go away from football at the moment."
The statements from Guardiola will see current interim Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo see his claim for the full time job strengthen.
Di Matteo has turn Chelsea’s season around as they knocked out Barcelona to reach the Champions League final.
With the Premier League side also in the FA Cup final, Di Matteo was reportedly only seen as high as third choice in the mind of Abramovich.
However potential candidates are distancing themselves from the role and it seems the 41-year-old can be considered as the leading candidate now to take the job on full time.
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