Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that he is untroubled by the prospect of Pep Guardiola being linked with the Chelsea manager’s job.
Guardiola was widely touted as Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s first-choice appointment prior to Di Matteo being given the role this summer.
The former Barcelona boss is taking time out from football and is sure to be the subject of much speculation – particularly if results do not go Di Matteo’s way when the new season starts.
But the Italian, who guided Chelsea to Champions League glory while in interim charge, said: “There has been speculation from day one and I’ve lived with it.
“I don’t feel any shadow behind me or above me. Managers are judged on results. I’m no different to anyone else.
“I focus on my job and trying to do the best I can. Everybody else can say and write what they want.”