Roberto going nowhere


Roberto Di Matteo is enjoying life back at Stamford Bridge, and has dismissed speculation suggesting he is poised to leave Chelsea.

The Italian assistant rejoined the Blues to form part of manager Andre Villas-Boas' coaching staff in June - a move that saw the 41-year-old return to the club he represented as a player between 1996 and 2002.

Di Matteo insists he is happy in his role as understudy to the Portuguese tactician, and is fully committed to helping Chelsea turn their season around.

"I don't know where the story has come from," he said. "I am very happy here, very happy to work with Andre and the other technical staff.

"Andre and I have developed not only a professional partnership but over the months a friendship which will last forever. We have a strong friendship that we will keep. I think that says it all.

"I am committed to Chelsea. There were some enquiries about me and I was flattered but I politely declined because I am very happy where I am and want to be successful with this group and this club."

After Saturday's 3-0 victory over Wolves, attention turns quickly to Tuesday's Carling Cup encounter with Liverpool - a game that will see Di Matteo reunited with another friend and former teammate Steve Clarke - now assistant manager at Anfield.

"A lot of players from that team have become managers or coaches and I don't know why," he added. "When we were playing I wouldn't have said that all these guys would do it.

"Clarkey was here and went to West Ham before Liverpool and we've always been in touch a bit. We spoke briefly last week and he's good.

"There is a legacy when you play for many years together, travelling together and working together so it stays forever. I think he has integrity and has a very good knowledge of football. He is calm and had fantastic years at the club with Jose Mourinho.

"It's good that this club retains the services of some of its ex-players, everybody can see the club has continuity and a history which lives on with the people."

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