“It did hurt us going down but now it’s about moving forward. I’m desperate to help get the Club back into the Premier League.
“Last season wasn’t the best for the club itself and for me personally, I didn’t play as much as I wanted to and I didn’t really feel like I helped the team and the club as much as I could have.
“Coming into this season, I am desperate to help the club get back into the Premier League.”
And Di Matteo is ready to forget about Grealish’s previous problems, which also include being photographed inhaling nitrous oxide and sprawled on a pavement while on holiday last summer.
“He is a talented boy and I think he has a future here,” said the Italian. “Let me work with him a little bit. Ultimately, it is always down to the person.”