Di Matteo to get long-term Chelsea contract

Chelsea are set to offer Roberto Di Matteo the chance to become the permanent manager of the club, according to the Daily Mail, who also report that the Italian’s contract will last longer than the expected 12 months.

Di Matteo has been in interim charge at Stamford Bridge since March, when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked. In his temporary spell Di Matteo guided Chelsea to victory in both the FA Cup and the Champions League, the latter success the first time the Blues had ever triumphed in Europe’s top club competition. The double trophy-haul led to calls for Di Matteo to be given the position on a full-time basis, which the newspaper believes is now likely to happen.

It had been widely expected, however, that if Di Matteo was to be offered a new deal by Roman Abramovich, that it would be only a one-year contract, the implication being that Di Matteo was merely holding down the fort until former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola was ready to return from his sabbatical. But the Mail insists the contract will be a multi-year offer.

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