Schalke's Heldt makes surprise statement on ex-Chelsea boss Di Matteo

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Roberto di Matteo is the new Schalke boss, and the owner says he has wanted this to happen for a long while.

Roberto di Matteo has returned to management, and Schalke could not be more happy to have him.

Horst Heldt, chairman of the Bundesliga side, have been after the former Chelsea boss for quite a while.

He told German channel Sport1: "We first met us in the spring of 2013. It was envisaged at the time, that Jens (Keller) works only as a temporary solution.

"We had a very, very good talk in London. But with the leave of absence from only November at Chelsea, it was at that time too fresh, he had to handle the whole thing.

"We have since been in contact from time to time and always had a good feeling.

"The talks have impressed me, both as a player and as a coach. He knows how to have deal with stars. He has coached with Chelsea, a great team - which was not easy."

Heldt's comments reveal how he has been unsure over Schalke's management for a while, keeping in contact with Roberto di Matteo, just in case he needed him.

He has pulled the trigger on bringing in the Italian finally, with Schalke 11th in the Bundesliga, nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

Heldt added he hopes di Matteo can have a positive effect on star youngsters Julian Draxler and Max Meyer.

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