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Future of Chelsea's heroes in doubt
15:01 AEST Tue May 22 2012

Three of Chelsea's Champions League heroes don't know if they'll be at Stamford Bridge next season after the club refused to be rushed over their futures.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo and strikers Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres all face uncertain futures with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich taking his time over who he wants to stay in west London.

Chief executive Ron Gourlay has revealed the club will wait until Di Matteo's contract expires at the end of June before deciding on his future despite the interim manager delivering the Champions League and FA Cup.

Drogba's decisive goal in the FA Cup and his equaliser and penalty shootout winner in the Champions League have increased the clamour from fans for him to be given the two-year deal he is reported to want and end talk of him moving to China.

Torres came out after Saturday's win over Bayern Munich to express his desire to sort out where he stands but Gourlay says Stamford Bridge management is in no rush.

On Di Matteo, Gourlay told Chelsea TV: "I know the fans will be pushing for Robbie.

"We're going to look at the season, look at what worked for us, look at the mistakes we made and put them right and take it forward."

Aston Villa, Lazio and Liverpool are all reported to be interested in Di Matteo who may not be tempted to take a one-year deal at Chelsea with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola possibly taking over when his sabbatical ends.

It has been reported in France that Drogba is resigned to leaving but Gourlay has kept the door open on him remaining.

He said: "Conversations with Didier have been going on for months and still are.

"He's made it clear he loves Chelsea and loves everything he's achieved at the club."

Torres has expressed his unhappiness at what he sees as a lack of opportunities since his STG50 million ($A80.36 million) move from Liverpool and Gourlay expressed some sympathy for the Spain international.

"Torres came on when we were behind and played a big part to help us win the Champions League," Gourlay said.

"I'd be surprised if Fernando, who's been awesome, didn't want more time on the field, every player does."

Chelsea have been linked with Radamel Falcao, Hulk and Edinson Cavani should they decide to end Drogba's time at the club.

Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura and Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle are other reported targets if Abramovich decides to pursue a summer recruitment policy.


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