Di Matteo: Final won't decide my future

Sun, 13 May 18:58:07 2012

Roberto Di Matteo insists he will have "no problem" if winning the Champions League fails to convince Chelsea to give him the manager's job full-time.

Caretaker boss Di Matteo gave his clearest hint yet that he does not expect owner Roman Abramovich to keep him on beyond the end of the season following Sunday's Barclays Premier League win over Blackburn.

The 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge could be Di Matteo's final home game at the helm and although he gave little away in his post-match lap of honour, his press conference was a different matter. Asked if he thought the outcome of Saturday's Champions League final would determine whether he was at the club next season, Di Matteo said: "I don't think so, no, but I have no problem with it."

Di Matteo added of the lap of honour: "We've had a very intense nine weeks here together and it's been fantastic. And we are all looking forward to next Saturday as well.

"It's been very emotional because I feel very responsible with this club because I've played here, I've been part of it, so it's been a nice day."

Di Matteo's chances of going out on a high next weekend could depend on whether defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill win their battles to recover from hamstring injuries. The Italian revealed that fight would "probably" go right up to the day of the game.


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