Chelsea FC have reportedly rejected a surprising £35m bid from AS Monaco for embattled manager Jose Mourinho.
According to the Daily Mail, Alessandro Proto, a shareholder at Monaco has claimed that he travelled to London on Tuesday in an audacious attempt to talk Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich into parting with the Portuguese gaffer.
But it is believed the Russian Billionaire rejected the offer out of hand but Proto’s company, Proto Enterprises, has since alleged that a deal could be done should Monaco double their offer to £71m.
Abramovich’s refusal suggests that he remains supportive of the beleaguered Mourinho, whose defending champions currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, following six defeats in their opening eleven league matches.
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach has been forced to deny that he has lost the dressing room at Stamford Bridge, with recent allegations suggesting that there is at least one player at the club who would rather lose games than win under his management.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 last summer, reiterated his commitment to the club despite this season’s troubles.