Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas cools talk of Chelsea switch

Porto boss plays down prospect of a move to Stamford Bridge ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final

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Villas-Boas worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Inter Photo: Soccer.ru

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Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas insisted he has not been distracted by speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea ahead of his side’s Europa League final showdown with Braga on Wednesday.

The Blues are reportedly keen on tempting the 33-year-old to Stamford Bridge, with current boss Carlo Ancelotti looking increasingly likely to leave in the summer.

In his first term in full management Villas-Boas, who worked under Jose Mourinho at both Chelsea and Internazionale, has become only the second manager to lead a Portuguese side to the league title unbeaten.

And the highly-rated coach maintains that he is not thinking about a move away from his home-town club as he prepares his team to face their local rivals in Dublin on Wednesday.

“I am very happy at Porto,” said Villas-Boas, whose side are still in the hunt for a league and cup treble this season. “It’s the city where I grew up. It’s my home club and I don’t see it easy to leave it.

“We are focused on winning the Europa League and next year we will go into Champions League. You cannot say that by reaching the final in the Europa League you will win the Champions League the next year [like Mourinho did]. It’s not that straightforward.

“Next year we hope to get through the group stage, then maybe the quarter-final or further. Let’s dream a little bit more.”

Porto dropped only six points on their way to the Portuguese league title this season – a feat which Villas-Boas insists is down to his players’ efforts rather than his coaching.

“I think people focus a lot on the work of the manager and I don’t see it that way,” the Portuguese manager continued.

“The work of the manager depends on the structure of the coaching staff and the quality of the players. This year we have mixed that together well. It’s not a one-man show.”

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