Europa League - Villas-Boas rejects Chelsea link
Wed, 18 May 08:27:00 2011
The calls for Andre Villas-Boas to replace Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will increase if he leads Porto to victory in Wednesday night's Europa League final against Braga, but the 33-year-old insists that he is not seeking a move from the Portuguese champions.
A remarkable first year in charge of Porto has led the rookie manager to the brink of winning four trophies in his first full term in management.
Villas-Boas insists he wants to try and emulate Mourinho's achievement of making Porto a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League next season, rather than leave for pastures new, saying: "I am very happy at Porto. It's the city where I grew up. It's my home club and I don't see it (being) easy to leave it."
He added: "We are focused on winning the Europa League and next year we will go into the 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."
Among the many sub-plots to the encounter is the fact that Villas-Boas got his big break in football thanks to his admiration for current Braga coach Domingos Paciencia.
When Paciencia was not playing regularly under former Porto boss Sir Bobby Robson in the 90s, the teenage Villas-Boas wrote a letter to the Englishman, urging him to play the then striker more often.
Robson requested information to back up his request and Villas-Boas promptly delivered an impressive dossier that prompted the former England boss to send the youngster on several coaching courses in the United Kingdom.
After earning his coaching badges, Villas-Boas then went on to form part of Mourinho's scouting team at Porto, Chelsea and then Inter Milan.
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