Drogba escapes Di Matteo chat
Roberto Di Matteo claims he does not need to speak to Didier Drogba over the striker¿s theatrical antics for Chelsea.
Last Updated: 20/04/12 3:32pm
Roberto Di Matteo claims he does not need to speak to Didier Drogba over the striker's theatrical antics for Chelsea in their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
The Ivorian was on the floor for several periods of the game in an attempt to win free-kicks for his side but also scored the only goal to beat Barcelona in the first leg.
Di Matteo's refusal to speak to the 34-year-old follows Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to have a chat with Manchester United's Ashley Young over the winger's recent falls in the penalty box.
But the interim Chelsea boss has revealed that Drogba suffered an injury against the Spanish giants and he may not be fit for the return leg next Tuesday.
Ask whether he has spoken to Drogba, Di Matteo replied: "No, because I don't see any reason why I should have a conversation like that.
"Our players, I think, are fair players. Everybody has his own style but I think we are a fair team.
"He (Drogba) was marked most of the time by two men and I think he got a lot of physical battering as well on the night.
"We have to be objective about our opinions as well."
Meanwhile, Di Matteo admits he is not involved in negotiations concerning Drogba's future, with the striker's deal coming to an end in the summer.
Drogba has scored important goals in recent weeks, having opened the scoring against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final last Sunday before his winner against Barcelona.
He has been linked with a move to clubs in France, the Middle East and Asia, but his agent Thierno Seidy believes Drogba will stay with the club.
He said: "Talks are going on with executive director (Ron Gourlay), and we will take stock with him before the end of the season.
"I believe what Didier is currently showing will lead the club to a new thought.
"Didier loves Chelsea and he wants to stay, but if things have to happen another way, he will leave. This time, we can make the decision by ourselves.
"Didier will be a free agent at the end of the season, so he is a master of his own fate to sign his last contract.
"One thing is for sure, if Didier will play in England next season, it will be at Chelsea and nowhere else."
Di Matteo added: "That's a conversation that will happen with the club. That has nothing really to do with myself."