Ex-Blues midfielder has already received £7m in wages while out of work.
Former Chelsea head coach Roberto Di Matteo is still being paid a staggering £140,000 per week by the west London club, despite the Italian having left his role at Stamford Bridge a year ago, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The hugely popular Di Matteo was handed a bumper three-year deal by the Blues’ Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich after guiding the club to their first-ever triumph in the Uefa Champions League in May 2012.
Chelsea stunned favourites Bayern Munich on their own patch on penalties to claim European football’s biggest prize, while Di Matteo also led the west Londoners to victory in that season’s FA Cup final over Liverpool at Wembley stadium while acting as the club’s ‘interim’ manager.
However, just three months into his role as the full-time Chelsea boss, Di Matteo was given the sack, to be replaced by another ‘interim’ coach in the form of former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
But incredibly it has now been revealed that the ex-Chelsea midfield player is still receiving his whopping £140,000-per-week salary from the Blues, and will continue to do so until the end of his contract, which expires in June 2014, unless Di Matteo finds another job between now and next summer that is.