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12 September 2008

Scolari Claims He Turned Down City

Due to the multi-million pound takeover of  Manchester City by ADUG, this weekend's Premier League match-up between the Citizens and Chelsea has been dubbed the 'clash of the cash'.

The two richest sides in the Premier League, possibly in world football, meet at Eastlands in a game that promises to be intriguing.

The presence of Robinho in a light-blue shirt will be a cause of consternation for Chelsea fans; the Brazilian did everything but sign for the Stamford Bridge side this summer before accepting the offer of eye-watering wealth from the Abu Dhabi Investment Group.

However, one Manchester City target who did end up at Stamford Bridge this season is Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Chelsea boss has claimed that he was approached while still in charge of the Portugal national team by City with the intention of adding him as manager.

Mark Hughes is the current incumbent at the City of Manchester Stadium, but it could have been Scolari, according to the ex-Brazil manager.

In the wake of Sven Goran Eriksson's dismissal from Eastlands, the City board cast the net far and wide for a replacement. Talks were held with Scolari about the club's future, and terms were offered by the club.

Scolari described the offer as tempting, but decided against taking up the reins at Eastlands. He stated that a change of his circumstances led him to accept the offer of managing Chelsea in July, during Euro 2008.

He told Sky Sports News: "Yes, they offered it (the manager's job) to me. It was a very good offer but at that time I was with Portugal and I said I needed time to think. They came to Portugal and they talked to me about their ideas for the team in the next three or four years."

Peter Staunton