English Premiership

Moses deal close: Di Matteo

2012-08-24 15:52
Roberto Di Matteo (File)

London - Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo on Friday confirmed that the European champions are close to signing Nigeria forward Victor Moses from Wigan.

Di Matteo's team had an improved offer, reported to be worth 9 million ($14 million), accepted for Moses on Thursday after failing with four previous bids for the 21-year-old.

Moses is believed to have travelled to London for a medical and to discuss personal terms on Friday and Di Matteo expects the former Crystal Palace star will be confirmed as a Chelsea player shortly.

"The clubs have agreed terms now. The player will have a medical. Subject to that he might become a Chelsea player," said Di Matteo.

"(Wigan manager) Roberto Martinez has done a wonderful job with this player since signing him. He's really developed him. He had a very good season last year and hopefully we can progress his development.

"He can play on either wing and will give the team width. He has good dribbling ability, has pace and is powerful. We've tried very hard to get this player. We like him very much. He's young and hopefully he'll be the future of the club."

Di Matteo also revealed that captain John Terry will miss Saturday's Premier League clash against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge because of a neck injury suffered during Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Reading.

"John is struggling for tomorrow. He's a great leader and it's a big loss for us," Di Matteo said.

Terry is likely to be replaced in Di Matteo's starting line-up by David Luiz, who sat out the season opener at Stamford Bridge with a knee problem.

Luiz was warned by Chelsea for revealing his injury on Twitter but the Brazilian later tweeted a photo of himself on a private jet heading for Barcelona to watch their match against Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old is the subject of interest from Barcelona although Di Matteo insists he was at the Camp Nou on behalf of a sponsor.

"David went to a sponsor's event. In modern day football players have sponsorship deals," he said. "As long as it doesn't affect their performance, players try to obligate those duties.

"We generally don't fine our players for tweeting, although we remind them of the responsibilities they have. He remains a very important player at Chelsea."

Read more on:    chelsea  |  epl  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 103rd Tour de France is all systems GO! Follow the pain, struggles and ultimate joy as the world's best riders put their talents to the test over 21 stages.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.