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Goalkeeper coach Carlos Pracidelli has confirmed he has accepted an offer to link up with Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea.

The Palmeiras backroom team member is parting from the Brazilian club on amicable terms as they appreciate it was a move he could not refuse.

Having worked with Scolari in the past, the switch to London appeals to the South American who will form part of a new-look line-up behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

"He said I could count on being on the technical committee and asked if I would accept the invitation," he told Futebol Interior.

"Immediately, I accepted because I know Felipao. I know how he works because we were together here at Palmeiras and the Brazilian national team.

"For this reason, I did not comment with anyone [at first, due to secrecy]. When Felipao let me know that everything was right and the names proposed were accepted, I informed the board of Palmeiras.

"The directors of Palmeiras shook my hand. They know this is a rare opportunity in a professional career and are releasing me without any resentment."

A three-year deal awaits Pracidelli at Stamford Bridge where he will reportedly join Flavio Teixeira and Darlan Schneider on the technical team.

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Chelsea coach Carlos Pracidelli has backed Luiz Felipe Scolari to bring Brazilian flair to the club.

The World Cup winning coach officially took charge at Stamford Bridge at the start of July, having reached the end of his tenure as manager of the Portuguese national side.

Renowned as a no-nonsense tactician who adopts a win-at-all-costs mentality, Scolari is expected to fuse together a combination of English grit and Latin panache.

Goalkeeping coach Pracidelli insists that the Blues faithful should expect to be entertained next season and is confident that the new management team will help to bring success back to West London.

"This is a great partnership," Pracidelli said in the Daily Mirror.

"It will be a mixture of Brazilian style and football with English know-how.

"This is a challenge like we have never faced before but with our beliefs and principles we're determined to succeed.

"Early on, there may be a problem with the language barrier for a few of us. But in football, and with top quality players, you do not need translators. Football has a language of its own."

Chelsea certainly appear willing to embrace a new, attacking style of play, with Portuguese playmaker Deco becoming the club's first arrival of the summer.

Pracidelli has made it clear that any future arrivals must also be able to adapt easily to the club's ideology.

"We only want players who are beautiful, special players. And Deco is special," he said.

"He is coming to Chelsea to be part of the team and we want to be as attractive and successful as possible."

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