Roberto Di Matteo has admitted there is a real danger of Chelsea allowing Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard to leave against his wishes.
Di Matteo acknowledged there was an increasing risk of two of the Blues' all-time greats effectively quitting Stamford Bridge in January, with no sign of either agreeing a new deal with the club. Reports suggest billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is refusing to offer either of the 30-somethings more than a one-year contract.
Asked if he was worried about what could happen in January, Di Matteo said: "Yeah, but that's the world of football. That's how you live in this world, in this industry. We had the same last season with some players and, at the end of the day, we all have to be professional and try to do our best, even though maybe the contract is not sorted out."
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