London: Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is distressed by suggestions that he will be offered only a 12-month deal by Roman Abramovich with his position to be reviewed next summer.
Di Matteo believes he has done enough to warrant the post on a permanent basis and is not prepared to go on trial for another year, and will not be short of offers after the Champions League and the FA Cup glory.
Di Matteo, who still has his house in the Midlands from his time as West Brom boss, is particularly interested in the vacant Aston Villa job.
“We know Robbie could go somewhere else. But he’s known how we were going to handle this. He’s aware as soon as we’re ready to talk, in the next few days or the next few weeks, Robbie will be the first to have the conversation,” The Sun quoted Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay, as saying.
“The players report back on July 4. In an ideal world we’d want the coach by then,” he added.
Senior Chelsea stars have already given Di Matteo their backing after his 11 weeks as interim manager.
But Gourlay said: “The owner and board will decide the best way forward.”