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Former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has revealed he will hate former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo for the rest of my life after he didn’t offer Stiliyan Petrov a new contract following his recovery from leukaemia.
Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to Champions League triumph in 2012, was Aston Villa manager in 2016 when Petrov wanted to return to playing having overcome the life-threatening illness.
Di Matteo instead offered the then 37 year old midfielder a coaching job.
Agbonlahor told ThreesixtyTV: “I’ll hate him for the rest of my life for that. Any other manager with a single bit of heart would have given him a pay-as-you-play [contract].
“There’s a month, or there’s six months, let’s see how you are. To be so ruthless and heartless to not even give him a chance, you know what I mean?
“Imagine you come back from that horrific disease, you’ve got yourself fit, you’ve lost all this weight that you’ve put on through your treatment.
“You’ve come back, you’ve done every run that the 19-year-olds have done in pre-season and you can’t give me anything? Do you know what I mean?
“I just said to Di Matteo, ‘What are you doing? How can you not…’
“Even to this day, words can’t describe him. If I ever see Di Matteo, I’ll tell him: ‘You’re a wasteman for not giving him something.’”
Di Matteo was sacked as Villa boss after just four months in charge having won just one of 12 matches and hasn’t coached since.