Di Matteo ready to wield the Chelsea axe

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is ready to sell a number of his fringe players before the start of the season, The Sun report.

The Stamford Bridge side have been on a spending spree this summer, with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Marko Marin already joining and a number of other new faces expected.

However, the Italian manager has stated that Florent Malouda could well be heading out the door, as he looks to trim down his contingent.

“Florent is back with us now and I will have a talk with him this week,” Di Matteo confessed.

“We cannot name more than 25 players in the squad so we will have to make some decisions. Pre-season gives me a great opportunity to look at the new players and see how they develop.

“The final decision on who will go and who will stay will be made at the beginning of August,” he concluded.

Meanwhile it is believed that Yossi Benayoun and Gael Kakuta will also been shown the door from the west London club.

Young Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and De Bruyne are also facing loan deals as first-team opportunities are expected to be limited.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Di Matteo ready to wield the Chelsea axe

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