Di Matteo keen to keep the cream of his crop
Published 03/12/2010 | 15:37
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is confident he will not lose any of his best players during the January transfer window.
Baggies winger Chris Brunt has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks.
Di Matteo is unlikely to make many moves himself in the transfer market next month - but he is also optimistic he can keep his current squad together.
Di Matteo, speaking ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle at The Hawthorns, said: "All our players are under contract so I would not expect anyone to leave.
"Of course, if they do well they will attract attention but they are happy to be here at the moment."
Di Matteo is looking for his side to bounce back from their Carling Cup exit against Ipswich after making nine changes from the side which overcame Everton last weekend.
He said: "We had a great result at Everton, I was very pleased with three points, but disappointed with the cup exit because we thought we had a chance of being in the semi-finals.
"We have to take the good things from the Everton game into Sunday's game.
"We have to look at the positives, try to look forward and try to do our best in the Premier League."
Di Matteo is aware of the threat that could be posed by Andy Carroll after facing him in the Championship last season.
He said: "Newcastle are a very good side, they have a lot of physical strength, quality players.
"I think Carroll is a big handful. We saw him last year. He's a real threat and a big boy.
"Some of our players have played against him. They will be aware of him but it is not a one man team.
"They also have Shola Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez, others who can score goals."
Meanwhile, West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Baggies.
Tamas joined on loan from Auxerre last January before making the move permanent in the summer and has now put pen to paper on an improved deal.
He has set his sights on ensuring Albion retain their top flight status.
Tamas said: You cannot win all the games. This is football. One time you win, one time you lose.
"We hope we win this weekend. That's the most important thing.
"Newcastle are a very good team and it's going to be a hard game. But in the Premier League all the games are hard.
"All the promoted teams are doing well at the moment, ourselves, Blackpool, Newcastle.
"But let's hope we're going to be where we are at the end of the season.
"It's not important where we are now. It's where we are in five or six months time.
"Yes, I'm happy with where we are now but I want to be happy at the end of the season."