Roberto Di Matteo appointed Chelsea boss

ROBERTO Di Matteo has been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager on a two-year contract.

The 42-year-old led the Blues to Champions League and FA Cup glory last month, having been installed as caretaker manager following Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal in March.

The former Chelsea and Italy midfielder’s silverware scoop left club owner Roman Abramovich with little option but to offer him the job on a full-time basis.

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola was believed to be high on the Russian billionaire’s wishlist, but his insistence on taking a sabbatical from the game made it a straight-forward decision to hand the reigns to Di Matteo.

The Italian, a popular figure in the Stamford Bridge dressing room, was ecstatic to take on the role permanently.

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“I’m obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach,” Di Matteo said.

“We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club.

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“Our aim is to continue building on that and I’m already planning and looking forward to the squad’s return for pre-season.”

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