Former France, PSG coach Laurent Blanc eyes move abroad amid Chelsea links
Laurent Blanc told Le Monde he would like to prove himself as a coach outside of France as he continues to be linked to take over at Chelsea.
Blanc, 52, has been out of a job since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and is among the candidates at Chelsea with manager Antonio Conte reportedly set to leave.
After taking time to recover from a difficult three years in Paris, he said he is ready to get back into coaching, with a move abroad high on his list of ambitions.
"When you have done three years in Paris, it's wearing," Blanc said. "I needed to take a breather. I'm very happy with that, because I'm someone who takes an interest in things outside of football.
"I have some demands in relation to myself. I would like to prove to myself that I'm capable of coaching abroad."
A centre-back during his career, Blanc played at Barcelona, Napoli, Inter Milan and Manchester United but has only coached in his native country, winning the Ligue 1 title at Bordeaux before coaching the France national team and then moving to PSG.
"You know as well as me the market for coaches," Blanc said. "There are a lot of coaches on the market. If a new project comes along, I'll take up the challenge. If not, I'll move on to something else."
Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman