Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola states ambition to one day manage Stamford Bridge club

Former Blues favourite Gianfranzo Zola has not given up on his dream: to one day manager Chelsea in the Premier League.

If Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ever decides to call time on Jose Mourinho's second spell as Blues manager, one man who would undoubtedly be willing to take the reins at Stamford Bridge is club legend Gianfranco Zola.

The Italian made 312 appearances for the Pensioners as a player, scoring 80 goals during his time with the London side and remains a firm fan favourite.

Having hung up his boots in 2005, Zola has since embarked on a career in management, with spells at West Ham United, Watford and Cagliari to his name.

And despite enduring plenty of low points during his time in the dugout – he was sacked by the Hammers and resigned from his role at Vicarage Road - the 49-year-old has not given up hope of one day taking over at Chelsea.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, the Italian admitted he is still keen on the job, though he knows plenty of work is still required.

“My dream, let us say my ambition, is to be Chelsea manager someday,” he said.

“I realise that I need to improve as a manager if I want to get there. And I am working hard to achieve my goal.”

Currently manager of Al Arabi in Qatar, Zola has garnered plenty of praise for the attacking football played by his team so far this season.

Win some silverware and earn a return to Europe, and that unlikely dream could yet become a reality.

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