Premier League: Zola returns to Chelsea as assistant coach

Premier League: Zola returns to Chelsea as assistant coach

FA Cup holders Chelsea Legend, Gianfranco Zola has returned to the club as first team assistant coach to newly appointed Maurizio Sarri.

Zola returns to England where he has managed at both Watford FC and Birmingham City with varying results but he returns to his “home” in England

The Italian had a rewarding seven-year career at Chelsea during which he won four major trophies, scoring 80 goals in 312 appearances for the blues.

“For me it is an amazing thing. I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful,” Zola said on his return to the Bridge.

“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure,” the fans favorite added.

Chelsea have flown out to Australia with 25 players as they begin preparations for the new season with a friendly game against Perth Glory FC.

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