Di Matteo ready to be unveiled as Chelsea boss

Roberto di Matteo is expected to be named as Chelsea manager when he returns from holiday next week after guiding the Blues to Champions League glory last season, The Mirror reports.

The Italian took over at Stamford Bridge midway through the season after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and guided the Blues to their first ever win in Europe’s top competition, as well as winning the FA Cup. Di Matteo’s current contract has two years to run and his representatives are keen to keep that contract for when he becomes permanent manager.

Owner Roman Abramovich is said to be cautious about offering a two year deal and may only give him a year-long deal, as he keeps his eye on Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona boss is on sabbatical and has been linked with returning to Chelsea in 12 months, which is the same time that Abramovich wants to offer to Di Matteo as manager.

Chelsea are spending big this summer on making their squad worthy of European champions, already signing Eden Hazard from Lille and Marko Marin from Werder Bremen. The next priority for Abramovich is to nail down his manager, which will be Di Matteo, but it is unsure whether the Italian is just a short-term replacement for Guardiola.

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