Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.
The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.
Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.
“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.
“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.
“Zola is very happy about the rumours.
“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.
“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”