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Mata hails 'legend' Di Matteo

Juan Mata has been the first Chelsea player to react publicly to Roberto Di Matteo's sacking, hailing him as a "legend".

Mata took to social media to wish his sacked manager well after Roman Abramovich dispensed with the Italian's services in the early hours of this morning.

Playmaker Mata posted on Facebook: "It's been a difficult day. Roberto Di Matteo is no longer our manager. I would like to thank him for all this time with us and wish him the best of luck for the future.

"As a player, he has been a legend for the 'Blues'. With him as a manager, we won our first Champions League. He will always be remembered. Good luck Robbie!"