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Chelsea confirm Di Matteo appointment

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Di Matteo gets permanent Chelsea job. (©GettyImages)
Di Matteo gets permanent Chelsea job. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of manager Roberto Di Matteo on a two-year deal.

The 42-year-old Italian, who took over from Andre Villas-Boas after the former Porto boss was sacked in March, led the Blues to a famous double last season with glory in both the FA Cup and Champions League.

And, whilst speculation was rife that owner Roman Abramovich might look elsewhere for a new boss, the club have stuck with the former midfielder.

"Roberto's quality was clear for all to see when he galvanised the squad last season and helped the club make history, and the owner and board are very pleased he will be continuing his good work," said chief executive Ron Gourlay on the official Chelsea website.

"We all believed he was a young coach with much to offer when we first asked him to take charge of team affairs in March and the manner in which he worked with us, the players and all the staff, and the success that followed, made him the clear choice."

The appointment is reward for the work Di Matteo did at Stamford Bridge after replacing 'AVB' on an interim basis.

Veteran players like Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba found form under his stewardship, and he'll be tasked with galvanising the veterans once again in west London next term.

"I'm obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach. We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club," said Di Matteo.

"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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