Blues number two denies rumours

The Blues number two insists that he enjoys a good relationship

with manager Andre Villas-Boas Di Matteo started last season as

manager of West Brom but was sacked in February to be replaced by

Roy Hodgson. The Italian joined Chelsea’s backroom staff following

Villas-Boas’ appointment this summer, but reports this week

suggested he had grown unhappy with life as the 34-year-old’s

deputy and was looking to leave. The 41-year-old, who spent six

years at the London club as a player, denied those reports on

Saturday evening following the club’s 3-0 win over Wolves, telling

Chelsea’s website: “I don’t know where the story has come from. “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.” Villas-Boas, who is under pressure to

lift the club from their current position of fifth in the Barclays

Premier League, also poured scorn on the story. “It’s something

completely out of this world,” the Portuguese said. “I don’t know

how this story came from. It’s completely wrong, a false story.”