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Chelsea interim manager <b>Di</b> Matteo claims he has not asked for the <b>...</b>

Posted: 18 Mar 2012 04:11 AM PDT

Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo claims he has not asked for the job on a permanent basis.

Di Matteo has been in charge for three games since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, including the spectacular 4-1 win over Napoli last week which sent Chelsea through to the last eight of the Champions League.

If results carry on in this fashion it may not be long until the Italian becomes one of the front-runners for the manager's seat. However, Di Matteo has refused to reveal if he is interested in taking the job on full-time.

"That has not crossed my mind for one second," he told RTE Sport. "I have so many things to do you can't even imagine. I am focusing just to get the team ready to the best of my ability for Sunday. We have set ourselves the target for the season and there doesn't need to be any other discussions."

The former Chelsea midfielder's main aim is to rejuvenate the club's season, but he is also hoping to bring his promising managerial career back to life.

Di Matteo had built himself quite a reputation with spells at MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion, before he was sacked after the Baggies experienced a poor run of results.

"I don't come from the moon - I know how football works," the 41-year-old said. "I thought I had a very successful time at West Brom. I got them promoted again and we were never in the bottom three for the whole season. I had a good time at West Brom and a very enjoyable time as well. The players were very, very good for me for the time I was there and some are still in touch with me."

Di Matteo is believed to be on the radar of clubs from England and Europe, who may step up their interest if he is overlooked for the job at Stamford Bridge.

"I haven't got the time to think about this. When the time is right, I will think about what the future will hold," he said. "At the minute, it's Leicester City, Sunday at 2.05. I'm a pretty positive person in general. I hope we can win the next game and that's what I'm focusing on."

The potentially tricky FA Cup quarterfinal against Leicester sees Di Matteo come up against former Middlesbrough defender Nigel Pearson, evoking memories of the 1997 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Boro, when Di Matteo scored after just 42 seconds. It was the fastest Wembley FA Cup final goal of all time until Louis Saha netted for Everton after 25 seconds in 2009, ironically against Chelsea.

The Italian has said he and Pearson have reminisced about that quick-fire goal, saying: "We had a nice chat about that. He's a nice person, I like him very much. He's very good manager and honest. A man with integrity.

"My father keeps a collection in Italy. He's  made a room where he keep all the medals and shirts."

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