Former Chelsea midfielder Dan Petrescu has blasted club owner Roman Abramovich for his treatment of Roberto Di Matteo.

The Italian was sacked as manager in November after just eight months in the job which included him guiding the West London club to the Champions League/FA Cup double whilst interim boss last season.

Di Matteo was replaced by Rafael Benitez when the Blues were on the verge of missing qualification for the knockout stage of Europe's premier club competition but Romanian great Petrescu, who manages Dinamo Moscow, suggests it was an incorrect move by Abramovich.

"I think Abramovich made a wrong decision because Roberto is a really good guy who deserved to stay," he said.

"He was a good player and everyone could see that he did a great job at the club. I'm really sorry for him and I hope he'll find his place in football."

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