Di Matteo at home with Blues

Di Matteo spent the best years of his playing career in west London

before injury forced him to retire in early 2002 after scoring in

two FA Cup and one League Cup finals. The Italian enjoyed a

relatively successful management career with MK Dons and West

Bromwich Albion before being sacked by the Hawthorns club in

February. “I feel very excited to be back at my home club, it’s

fantastic,’ Di Matteo told the official Chelsea website. “I spent a

large part of my professional career and many years of my life at

Chelsea. “I had a great time here and made many friends, so it

feels to me like my second home, or my home. “I always hoped that

one day I’d be able to come back, but you never know, nobody knows

what the future holds, but I always thought it was in my destiny to

come back to the club one day.”