By Gabriel Agbonlahor

14th Apr, 2023 | 1:20pm

Agbonlahor can't believe Jose Mourinho could be next Chelsea manager

Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed it would be “silly” for Chelsea to appoint Jose Mourinho for a third time – and insisted he should move into international management.

The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 60-year-old club legend no longer aligns with the Blues’ long-term ambitions.

According to Spanish outlet Relevo (7 April), Chelsea have contacted Mourinho about a potential return to the club for the 2023-24 campaign.

The report claims Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique and Nuno Espirito Santo are also in the running for the job.

Frank Lampard has been named the interim boss at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea languishing in 11th place in the Premier League.

Mourinho previously took charge of the Blues between 2004-2007 and 2013-2015, winning three league titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup.

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Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think it would be really silly to bring him back a third time.

“It just doesn’t make sense with where Chelsea want to go.

“For me, it’s got to be between Nagelsmann and Enrique. I don’t see Mourinho coming back to the Premier League.

“To be honest, I don’t see him staying in club football after Roma. I feel like he’ll try and take charge of an international side, and that might suit him.

“But I don’t think Mourinho can be an option for Chelsea any more.”

Since leaving Chelsea for the second time, Mourinho has seen limited success after taking charge at Man United and Tottenham.

His contract at current club Roma expires in June 2024.

In other news, Chelsea record broken as £40m Roman Abramovich payment confirmed.