Football in Brief: Short deal for Di Matteo; Crewe's Powell lines up move; Agony in final for Maradona
Di Matteo to be given short deal at Chelsea
Roberto Di Matteo's remarkable stint as interim Chelsea manager has yielded just another 12 definite months in the job as the club are set to appoint him as their permanent manager this week.
After winning the FA Cup and Champions League, Di Matteo has had to wait almost a month for a decision on his future and, even then, the contract is a two-year deal with an option to terminate the agreement next May.
Speculation remains about Roman Abramovich's desire to appoint Pep Guardiola, who is taking a year-long sabbatical from management following his resignation from Barcelona.
But Di Matteo has at least a season to continue his work, helped by the captures of Eden Hazard for £35m and Marko Marin from Werder Bremen this summer.
Crewe's Powell lines up United move
Manchester United are in talks to sign Crewe's England Under-18 international Nick Powell.
The Crewe manager, Steve Davis, believes the 18-year-old's agent is negotiating over a move and United head a group of interested clubs.
Davis said: "Nick is still with us, but I am sure talks are still ongoing with his agent and clubs. I envisage him leaving, but if it doesn't happen then we would welcome him back."
Agony in final for Maradona
Diego Maradona saw his Al Wasl side throw away their only chance of silverware after two needless two red cards for the Dubai side in the GCC Champions League final second leg on Sunday. "I don't regret anything I did this season," he said.
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