Roman Abramovich is reported to have major concerns about the style of football coached by Diego Simeone as the Chelsea owner considers his next managerial appointment.
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone is said to be on the list of candidates Chelsea have drawn up as they seek to find a permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho.
The Blues sacked Mourinho in December as Chelsea after a dismal start to their title defence, with Guus Hiddink appointed as interim boss until the end of the season.
Simeone took charge of Atletico since 2011 and transformed the Rojiblancos into credible rivals for Real Madrid and Barcelona. Under Simeone, Atletico won the Premera Division title and the Champions League final in 2014.
But, according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to have “serious misgivings” about offering the job to Simeone, because his “workmanlike style is too similar to some of the miserable football served up by Mourinho”.
Juventus boss Massimilano Allegri and Italy coach Antonio Conte are said to be the frontrunners for the role.