Chelsea Manager, Roberto Di Matteo refused to elaborate on reports that the club are nearing a deal to sign Victor Moses, in the aftermath of the Blues’ 2-0 victory at Wigan, according to the Daily Telegraph.
A goal from Bransilav Ivanovic and a penalty by Frank Lampard secured victory within the opening seven minutes for the European Champions.
Di Matteo said the Moses deal “was for someone else to deal with”, but praised the performance of debutant and £32million signing, Eden Hazard.
Hazard came across some rough challenges by the Latics defence, who struggled to cope with the Belgian’s movement and skill on the ball, but this largely unconcerned Di Matteo, who feels the player is living up to the hype since arriving from Lille.
He said: “He’s got great technical ability, the burst of pace and can play with his back to goal. He has lot of good characteristics.”
Despite the defeat, Wigan Manager, Roberto Martinez was pleased the way his side responded after the early setbacks: “It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves but we showed character and had a few chances. We couldn’t get the goal, but I was pleased with the manner in which we responded.”
Wigan already have a reputation of nurturing young, talented footballers before moving them onto bigger clubs- a model which remarkably sees them compete in the Premier League for an eighth consecutive season.
The likes of Antonio Valencia and Leighton Baines are the two most notable examples, going to Manchester United and Everton respectively, but Martinez slammed the need for the summer transfer window to extend into the new season, hinting that the speculation surrounding Moses was unsettling the club.
“We want this league to be the best in the world and we should look after the human side of the game. I want the authorities to stop the transfer window before the start of the season”, he added.