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West Brom boss Di Matteo says Scharner midfield place not guaranteed

West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto di Matteo says a midfield place isn't nailed on for Paul Scharner.

Di Matteo insists Scharner, like all his players, will have to earn the right to a regular starting place in his Barclays Premier League XI.

But he reiterated he views the former Wigan ace's future in the team as a midfielder.

"Nobody is guaranteed a place but I said to him I was recruiting him as a midfield player," he told the WBA website.

"We know that he can play as a centre-half as well but primarily he has been signed as a midfield player.

"It was hard work to get him.

"He has been a free agent since the end of last season and has had lots of interest from other clubs.

"Eventually we managed to attract him."

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