FOOTBALL: Di Matteo proud of Blues tenure

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ROBERTO Di Matteo has spoken of his pride at being Chelsea manager less than 24 hours after being sacked by the Premier League club.

Di Matteo lost his job in the wake of Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus in Turin. The Italian was replaced by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez who has been appointed as interim first-team manager until the end of the season.

“It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart,” he said in a statement issued by the League Managers Association.