Report: Abramovich to offer Di Matteo 750,000 pounds bonus for Champions League triumph

Chelsea owner would give Italian 750,000 pounds if the Blues won the European Cup after the 41-year-old has impressed in his 14 games in charge staking his claim for full time job

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has been offered a 750,000 pounds bonus for winning the Champions League by Roman Abramovich, according to The Times.

The Russian owner has reportedly been impressed with the manner in which the 41-year-old has transformed the Blues' campaign and is set to present the Italian with the bonuses that would have been given to his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas.

Di Matteo’s wages increased last month when he became the successor to the Portuguese after his sacking however with Chelsea’s hectic fixture schedule over the past few weeks there’s been no time to renegotiate the Italian’s deal.

The 41-year-old is still on the 12-month rolling contract he signed last year when he was appointed as the club’s first-team coach.

However, Abramovich’s offer to Di Matteo which is not a legal requirement, and is an indication the Italian has emerged as a serious candidate to replace Villas-Boas on a full-time basis.

Since taking charge of team affairs last month the former Blues midfielder has led the team to winning 10 out of its 14 matches, including last week’s win over Barcelona which has given Chelsea a crucial advantage in its Champions League semifinal clash with resumes on Tuesday.