RDM could leave England behind
Roberto Di Matteo has refused to rule out quitting England were he to be overlooked by Chelsea for the manager's job this summer.
Caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo will surely face no shortage of offers from across the globe should Roman Abramovich decide against handing him the reins full-time after next Saturday's Champions League final.
Swiss-born former Italy midfielder Di Matteo has only managed in England, having previously been in charge of MK Dons and West Brom.
But he is prepared to broaden his horizons if necessary.
"Fortunately, I speak three languages, so I'm quite open-minded," he said.
"But I've been in England for a long, long time. My family is here with me. We quite like it here in England."
Speculation persists that Pep Guardiola is Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's number one managerial target.
But with the outgoing Barcelona boss seemingly determined to take a year off, Di Matteo could be one fallback option for the Russian.
Delivering the Holy Grail of the Champions League would make a compelling case for former Chelsea midfielder Di Matteo, who admitted Saturday's game against Bayern Munich was the biggest of his entire career in football.
Frank Lampard revealed last week he lay awake at night dreaming of lifting the European Cup and Di Matteo said: "I think we all do. It's such a challenge to win that big trophy.
"It's the biggest trophy you can win, as a club footballer. To be able to join an elite group of clubs, that would mean a lot to us.
"We've never won it as a club. To be able to do so would mean so much to everyone involved. The players, the supporters - it would be absolutely magnificent."
Chelsea went agonisingly close to securing European glory four years ago when they lost the final on penalties to Manchester United.
Di Matteo revealed he watched the game in Italy "as a Chelsea fan" and could understand how the nature of the defeat still haunted his squad.
"It's painful to have come so close," he said.
"Penalties are a bit of a lottery, really, and losing is always painful. Losing on penalties even more so."
He added: "They show they're hungry in training and in the games they've been involved in, over many years.
"We're talking about very successful players here. And they'll show it again."
Di Matteo revealed he had sought advice from other managers ahead of next Saturday's final, as he had throughout his entire career.
"There are relationships I have with other managers and coaches," he said.
"You always try to exchange your views and opinions. It's very interesting.
"It's not just something that's been happening now. It's been happening for years and years.
"There's nothing really special in that sense I'm doing now."
Di Matteo refused to reveal whether one of those was sacked boss Andre Villas-Boas, who he claimed after last weekend's FA Cup final triumph deserved some of the credit for the Wembley win.
Villas-Boas was also in charge for the first seven of Chelsea's Champions League games this season.
Di Matteo said: "He's taken the team, and the club, to a certain point.
"For sure, if we manage to go all the way, he deserves some credit too."
The Italian refused to be drawn on what his former boss' thoughts might be ahead of Saturday's final or on what his team selection might be, insisting he had yet to make up his mind.
"There are still a couple of decisions to be made," he said.
"But that depends also on who will be available for the final. It all depends how next week pans out for us."