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Chelsea 'have left Di Matteo in the dark'

ESPN staff
May 26, 2012
Eddie Newtona and Roberto Di Matteo are waiting for news on their futures © Getty Images

Chelsea interim assistant manager Eddie Newton has insisted he and Roberto Di Matteo are yet to hear anything from the club about their futures.

The pair's current contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in just five weeks' time, despite Di Matteo masterminding the club's Champions League success over Bayern Munich last weekend.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly pursuing Pep Guardiola to be the club's next full-time manager after the former Barcelona boss seemed to cast doubt on his intent to take a sabbatical from football, with the Russian billionaire ready to offer Di Matteo a one-year deal if the Spaniard sticks to his original plan.

However, reports have suggested the Italian is not prepared to take that deal - due to the lack of security it would offer him - but Newton has now suggested the club have given no indication of the plans for the future.

"Nothing has changed," Newton told the Mail on Sunday. "The situation is that we're contracted to the end of the season, June 30.

"We're still digesting what we've done. But nobody at the club is telling us anything.

"We all want what's best for Chelsea but we have absolutely no idea what the club thinks that is."

Di Matteo has been mentioned as a candidate for management jobs at both Aston Villa and Lazio, while Chelsea have also been linked with former England manager Fabio Capello since the season concluded.

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