Di Matteo confident of outlasting Pep Guardiola rumours

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Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo says he is not concerned about reports linking former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola with his job.

Guardiola stood down as Camp Nou boss at the end of last season to take a sabbatical in New York, but he is reported to return to football next year and the Stamford Bridge club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, is reportedly considering moving for him.

However, Di Matteo has insisted the Blues’ oligarch is fully behind him as he looks to take Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League and defend the Champions League title he led them to last season.

"I fully feel the support from him (Abramovich) and the confidence from him. I have my own destiny in my hands and the club and the owner is behind it,” he said ahead of Chelsea’s crucial group clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Di Matteo also said he was now used to Guardiola’s name being linked with his job, having to deal with it ever since he took up the reins after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked midway through last season.

“It has been from day one that the speculation has been in the papers so it does not affect me too much,” he added.

Chelsea were in a desperate situation when Di Matteo took over, but he galvanised the squad and took them to an astonishing FA Cup and Champions League double.

Their defence of the latter is looking slightly creaky, however, as they have only four points from their three games and face the side that defeated them last time out, Shakhtar, at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

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