Chelsea legend has all but confirmed he will become assistant to Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge next season by leaving his punditry role with SuperSport to return to England.
Sarri is expected to be named as Chelsea boss, replacing Antonio Conte and Zola has all but confirmed reports he will be the Blues’ No 2, when he was bidding his fellow broadcasters farewell in the early stages of the World Cup emerged across social media on Tuesday night.
“I'll be trying to watch you on my TV in England when I go back,” Zola said, before being pressed on the links to a Chelsea return.
“I was afraid you were going to ask me this,” Zola says.
“Really, I don't know.
“There are a lot of rumours about me, at the moment nothing has happened.
We will see what happens in the future.
“At the moment it is only talking, nothing is decided.”
Reports of Zola's Stamford Bridge return first emerged in Italy last week, with La Gazzetta dello Sport saying that Sarri wanted the former Chelsea man to assist him when he eventually takes over the club. Zola is hugely popular at Chelsea.
He spent seven years there from 1996 until 2003 and scored 69 goals.