Chelsea news – Pepe Blues link, Di Matteo delight, Cole happy to stay

Pepe Blues link.

Real Madrid defender Pepe is being linked with a £4.5m a year move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro.

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking to bring in the Portuguese player in a holding midfield role, where he has experience last season as part of Madrid’s games against Barcelona towards the closing end of the season. The 28 year old could end up at Stamford Bridge as his future in Madrid is uncertain.

Pepe could end up at Stamford Bridge as he is reportedly interested in a move to England and is one of many defensive targets that Villas-Boas has outlined to freshen the ageing faces at Chelsea. The 28 year old has a whole host of Champions League experience and has been capped 33 times for Portugal during his career.

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Di Matteo delight.

New Chelsea assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his delight to return to Chelsea after his six seasons as a player in West London, Sky Sports reports.

The former MK Dons and West Brom manager now takes over as assistant manager at Stamford Bridge and is delighted to return. Di Matteo earned praise during his spells in management for his attacking football philosophy and he will be keen to impart his experience and knowledge on the current crop of Chelsea players.

Di Matteo said: ‘I spent a large part of my professional career and many years of my life at Chelsea. I had a great time here and made many friends, so it feels like my second home, or my home. I feel very excited to be back.’

Asked whether it would be different stepping down to an assistant manager’s level after three years as a manager, Di Matteo believes that the job would be a challenge, but also a wonderful opportunity to hone his skills under one of the brightest young managers in football in Andre Villas-Boas.

Cole happy to stay.

Chelsea left back Ashley Cole believes that the Blues can win the Premier League and the Champions League this season under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, The Sun reports.

The 30 year old is one of the senior members of the Chelsea squad and the squad meets up again after pre-season this week for Villas-Boas’ first season at the Blues. Cole is determined to make up for last season’s disappointments, where the Blues were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals and came second in the Premier League.

Cole said: ‘I don’t think we’re becoming detached from United and Barca are beatable. The way Barca played was unbelievable, like a machine, and you can see why people think they’re beatable. But we should have beaten them in the semis two years ago when we had three penalties turned down.’

Cole holds the record for being the most capped England international left back with 89 caps and his experience will be vital if Chelsea want to win the league title again and capture the Champions League for the first time.

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