Champions League winning interim Chelsea coach Roberto di Matteo will reject a permanent deal from Roman Abramovich unless it is long-term.
A report in The Sun has claimed that the Stamford Bridge club’s owner is considering offering the Italian a 12-month contract, with a performance review next summer before signing more long-term.
Di Matteo took over a floundering Blues squad when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked earlier this year, but then went on to lead the club to an FA Cup win before becoming champions of Europe for the first time in their history.
The former West Brom boss feels he has done enough to warrant a long-term contract and is not willing to go on trial for another year, according to the report.
It also suggests Di Matteo would be interested in taking up the vacant manager’s post at Aston Villa, as he and his family are still based in the midlands from his time with the Baggies.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay accepted the 41-year-old could take up another job, but revealed any negotiations with managerial candidates would begin with Di Matteo.
“We know Robbie could go somewhere else,” he said.
“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 players report back on July 4. In an ideal world we’d want the coach by then.”