Kenyon cagey on Ranieri's future

Last updated at 08:12 12 May 2004

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon last night refused to rule out Claudio Ranieri being retained as head coach for next season.

Rumours have been rife all year that the Italian will be replaced by a big-name appointment this summer, with Porto boss Jose Mourinho currently favourite to step in.

However, during a supporters' dinner at Stamford Bridge, Kenyon claimed that no decision has yet been taken on Ranieri's future.

"Claudio has got three years on his contract. There's been no decision taken and there's been no one appointed," quotes BBC Sport Online.

"Through all this period we've conducted discussions on an on-going basis with Claudio "

Lampard sale ruled-out

Kenyon is also reported to have dismissed the possibility of Frank Lampard leaving the Blues at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Barcelona chairman Joan Laporta has revealed that Chelsea have made an approach for Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho.

Laporta told The Sun: "Along with the Chelsea offer we have had other approaches.

"There will be very substantial bids for him and we cannot prevent mega offers from petrol magnates as the player does have a buy-out clause in his contract."

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