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Di Matteo Is Fighting to Save Job at Chelsea: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Di Matteo Danger

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is fighting to save his job six months after guiding the team to its first European Cup title, the Daily Mail reported.

Club owner Roman Abramovich is losing his patience after the team won three of its past seven games, while goalkeeper Petr Cech was at the center of a locker-room row following the 2-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion two days ago, the Mail said without saying where it got the information.

Sterling Contract

Liverpool is set to offer winger Raheem Sterling a new long-term contract worth 30,000 pounds ($47,751) a week following the teenager’s rise to the first team and England’s national squad, the Daily Mirror reported.

Sterling, 17, is currently earning about 100,000 pounds a year, the Mirror added.

No January Sale

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Theo Walcott won’t leave the club in January even if the England forward fails to agree on a new contract, the Sun reported.

If a deal cannot be reached, Wenger has made it clear the Gunners will let Walcott go as a free agent at the end of this season rather than sell him during the January transfer window, the Sun added.

Ferdinand’s Options

Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of this season and is considering options including playing in China, the Guardian reported.

The defender has told friends he has no intention of retiring, with a move abroad the most likely outcome should he leave the club he joined for 30 million pounds in 2002, the newspaper added.

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