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Leonardo Jardim: Monaco and I ‘will continue together for the future’

Perhaps that’s a name off the list, then.

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AS Monaco manager, Leonardo Jardim, was said to have caught Chelsea’s fancy in media reports from as early as April. Although the speculation may have quelled a bit going forward, Jardim’s name was very much still among those being considered by Chelsea to replace Antonio Conte in the managerial hot seat.

Lately, though, it’s been Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri hogging all the headlines with respect to landing the job at SW6. It’s hence almost fitting that on a day when Carlo Ancelotti has all but officially been appointed Napoli manager, taking Sarri’s place, Jardim has seemingly committed himself to Monaco for the near future.

Speaking to French news outlet RMC Sport, this is what Jardim had to say about where he’d be plying his trade next season, although not in direct response to a question of that nature.

“I am fortunate to have Dmitry Rybolovlev as president, we have a relationship of trust, we have been working together for four years, and he is a president of great quality: to know how to take the important decisions to make forward the club.”

“We will continue together for the future and continue to progress the project of AS Monaco.”

- Leonardo Jardim; source: RMC Sport

It seems as if he is content to stay put at Monaco, at least for the time being, which is understandable given he shares an amicable working relationship with his higher-ups and is also in a relatively stable atmosphere.

Onto other managerial candidates we move. Or are things in motion with Sarri already? Could Conte be staying? We probably won’t have to wait too long to find out.

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