Villas-Boas set to reveal Chelsea vision

Updated: 28 June 2011 20:57 IST

Andre Villas-Boas will have the chance to reveal his plans for Chelsea when he is formally presented as the English Premier League club's new manager on Tuesday.

Villas-Boas set to reveal Chelsea vision

London:

Andre Villas-Boas will have the chance to reveal his plans for Chelsea when he is formally presented as the English Premier League club's new manager on Tuesday.

Aged just 33, the Portuguese will become the youngest boss in English football's top flight after guiding hometown club Porto to a treble last season including a domestic double and the Europa League title.

Villas-Boas replaces Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian, who in his first season in charge led to the London club winning the double of the Premier League and FA Cup was sacked after a trophyless campaign last term.

That meant Chelsea were still left searching for a first Champions League crown - the goal of their Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

Villas-Boas knows Chelsea well, having worked at Stamford Bridge as a scout under mentor Jose Mourinho.

It is understood Villas-Boas, who will hold a press conference on Tuesday, has already cancelled Chelsea's opening pre-season friendly away to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on July 9 because he wants more preparation time with the squad.

Villas-Boas's succesor at Porto is his former deputy Vitor Pereira which means he has been left searching for a new assistant at Chelsea. But other members of Porto's backroom staff are set to follow him to Stamford Bridge.

And so too are a couple of players, with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and midfielder Joao Moutinho both linked with moves to west London.

Brazilian youngster Neymar, meanwhile, has been a long-term target for Chelsea, who are reported to be one of five clubs, including Premier League rivals Manchester City, who are competing for the signature of the Santos star.

There were numerous reports, following Ancelotti's sacking, that Chelsea's first choice as their new manager was Guus Hiddink, the Dutchman who guided the club to the 2009 FA Cup during a temporary spell in charge after the exit of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

But Chelsea insisted Villas-Boas - whose release from his Porto contract cost some 13.2 million Euros (£11.8 million) - was the "outstanding candidate for the job" and there had been no formal approach made to Hiddink, who remains in charge of Turkey's national side.

Topics : Football Liverpool Chelsea Birmingham City Everton FC Porto Arsenal Steven Gerrard Ashley Cole
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